A Note On New Movie: September 11th

Here at BrainPOP, we’ve received many emails from kids about September 11th. The anniversary raises difficult questions that educators and parents may struggle to begin answering. We’ve created a movie to help support the educators and parents who want to engage in a discussion about this sensitive issue.

We suggest previewing the movie in advance and allowing for discussion time before, during, and after the movie.  Kids may want to share how they feel out loud or journal about their feelings.  Some kids may not feel comfortable sharing their feelings at all and that’s ok too.

We’d love to hear how you use this movie in the classroom or at home, or any other feedback you have. Thanks!

4 comments
  1. Kat Lowe said:

    The 9/11 movie was extremely well-done. The disclaimer at the start of the movie is a nice touch. This is a sensitive topic and we often come across students who have a personal relationship with the tragedy. I used this move with 7th and 8th graders. After viewing, we wrote in journals about how we deal with fear as individuals. We shared our views with the class and this led to a really thoughful round-table discussion led by students. We are going to revisit some related topics during our “Tolerance” month in November.

  2. Joseph Ferriero said:

    The 9/11 video was very tasteful and well written. Our school is located in New Jersey and many people have had these events affect them in very personal ways. I am happy that BrainPOP has created this movie and I hope that it will help our students to better understand these events.

  3. Allisyn said:

    Thanks so much, Tim. Your feedback is much appreciated. I love your idea of spreading the word among your S.S. colleagues about this unique resource for addressing 9/11. Great suggestion. So glad you shared it here!

  4. Tim Childers said:

    I just finished watching the 9/11 video. I think BrainPop has once again done an outstanding job of providing important information on such an emotional subject. The details of the day and the handling of terms like Islam, Terrorism, and Fundamentalism were thoughtful and helpful. Tim and Moby make a great team to help teach this historical event for years to come. I’ve sent the URL of the movie to all our middle school Social Studies teachers.