Twin Towers
The New Yorker-Twin Towers


1.  Ask students to look closely at the cover and share what they notice as a class or in small groups.

2.  Lead a guided inquiry by asking the following questions. Ask students to record their observations of the following:

  • Describe what you see on this cover.
  • What do you notice about the buildings?
  • Do you recognize any of the buildings? Which ones?
  • Where does this take place? How can you tell?
  • When was this cover made?

4.  Share the following background information with students:

The Twin Towers were famous buildings in New York City that people from all over the world could recognize. On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked, or taken over, by nineteen terrorists and flown into important buildings. Two of those planes were flown into the Twin Towers. The damage caused both towers to collapse or fall down. This forever changed the skyline of New York City.

5.  Ask students: How does this cover help us to remember the Twin Towers?

6.  Tell students that there is a special name for places that help us remember—they’re called memorials. A memorial is one way to pay tribute or show respect.

7. Ask students: How can they pay tribute to the heroes who risked their lives on 9/11? Ask them to visit to read stories of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.


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