Everyday Heroes and Heroines

Can someone wake up as an ordinary citizen and become a hero later in the day? Middle schoolers discuss the everyday heroes and heroines of 9/11, including their acts of bravery and sacrifice. Individuals then create a children's book to commemorate their chosen group or person's heroism.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect the activity between social studies and language arts when discussing the qualities of a hero in literature
  • Have learners write a short journal entry about the attributes they believe heroes should possess, as well as their own personal heroes
  • Use the lesson and extension activity around Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or the Fourth of July
  • Encourage your class to read their books to younger classes or on a parents' night
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide background reading or lessons about 9/11 for those who do not remember the day

  • Extension activity encourages pupils to express their gratitude and admiration for individuals in the military without becoming polarizing or political
  • Lesson is versatile for several subjects and units

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