Most of my students were only about 3 or 4 when 9/11 happened. Yet many of them still have memories from that day. They talked about mom and dad turning off the TV when the towers were on fire or seeing people crying and hugging.
But today they really wanted to understand what went on that day. We talked for quite awhile about my own memories from that day (a first year teacher who had been teaching for exactly 2 weeks and who was now faced with questions about the possibilities of a WW III…..)
But it was the fascination with Obama’ speech that lead them to create wordles in order to understand what he said. They broke it down paragraph by paragraph….and this is what they created:
Using words that showed up “large” in the word cloud, they formed the conclusion that this paragraph cold be sumarized as saying: “American people remember the September that many good people were killed.”
They go on to analyze the other 6 paragraphs as well. But they all agreed that the closing paragraph produced the best wordle.
They did lots of great work today. You can see their google doc at:
Grade 8’s….they show the capacity for deep thought.