Saturday, September 12, 2009

Flight 93 & Crossing Over: 9/11, Terrorism

Talking about 9/11 is very controversial and points of view vary from country to country. However, it is a theme with a lot of food for thought and the students enjoy talking about it because they always have a lot to share. I tried to be as neutral as possible, but you may adapt the lesson plan to your reality. I just used this activity this week and the students were very excited and argumentative during the whole class. I hope you like it.

A. Work in small groups.

1. What do you know about the the terrorist attacks on September 11th?

2. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when they happened?

3. What's your opinion about what happened?

4. Has life around the world changed because of that? How so?

5. How exactly did life change in your country? Did it affect you or somebody you know somehow?

B. Watch the first segment from the film Fight 93 now and discuss the questions that follow.

1. Describe the scene

2. What do the terrorists look like?

3. What about the passengers? How did they react at first? Did they change their behavior as the scene developed?

4. What's your opinion about the terrorists acts? Are they right or wrong? Explain it?

Now watch the second segment from the movie Crossing Over and answer the questions:

1. Describe the scene.

2. What's the Muslim girl's point of view of the September 11th acts of terrorism?

3. How did the American students react to her point of view?

4. What's your opinion about what she believes in?

5. Who's right and who's wrong?

6. Was she right to make such a comment in America during a class with a lot of American students? Why (not)?

7. Americans often say that America is a free country. Do you agree with it? Can anybody actually say what they want wherever they want in America? Explain it.

8. What about where you live? Can one express his/her opinions freely? Explain it.



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