Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy addresses the issues arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks and the continuing threat of terrorism. Students consider the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.
- Explore the human dimension of the September 11 attacks by conducting an interview.
- Consider the benefits and limitations of using oral history to learn about the past.
- Assess their own views on September 11.
Note to Teachers
This lesson is designed to be completed over the course of two class periods—one day to prepare for the interviews, and one day for students to share what they learned from their interviews and debrief as a class. Encourage students to film or record their interview if possible.
Curriculum Resources on Terrorism
Ten years after the attacks of September 11, debates about how the United States should respond to the threat of terrorism remain of central importance. The death of Osama bin Laden, the rise of “homegrown” terrorists, and the use of drones to kill suspected terrorists pose new questions and challenges for policy makers and citizens.
Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy helps students consider the issues surrounding the 9.11.01 attacks and the U.S. response to terrorism in a constructive context that promotes dialogue about future policy directions.