Radical Hospitality: Nino's Restaurant

Even during the darkest moments in American history, there can be a light of personal kindness. Middle schoolers discuss the ways that individuals responded after the attacks of 9/11, including the role of Nino's Restaurant, and how the spirit of volunteerism propels the human spirit after disaster strikes.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create an interdisciplinary unit between social studies and language arts for learners to write a more thorough narrative piece from one of the journal prompts
  • Invite volunteer coordinators from local organizations to speak to your class, and to sign up learners who are interested in becoming volunteers
  • Assign the TIME Magazine article as homework before teaching the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires two or three class sessions to complete the activity, but you could tailor the timeframe based on the needs of your class
  • The slideshow presentation is available on the publisher's website
Pros

  • Provides articles and website links for background information
  • Encourages volunteerism
  • Connects well to many social studies units
  • Extension activities are enriching and engaging for learners of all reading levels
Cons

  • None