Lesson Plans

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme below.

Several students with clipboards walk through the Tribute Walk, a Museum space where art related to 9/11 is displayed.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

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  • What Happened on 9/11?, Part I

    • Essential Question: What happened on 9/11?
    • Grades: 6 to 12
    • Theme: Events of 9/11
  • Operation Neptune Spear and Its Impact

    • Essential Question: How was Operation Neptune Spear carried out, and what was the country’s reaction to its outcome?
    • Grades: 9 to 12
    • Theme: Repercussions of 9/11
  • Targeting American Symbols

    • Essential Question: Why were the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and U.S. Capitol targeted on 9/11?
    • Grades: 6 to 12
    • Theme: Antecedents of 9/11


  • Counterterrorism after 9/11

    • Essential Question: How did counterterrorism measures evolve in the immediate aftermath of 9/11?
    • Grades: 9 to 12
    • Theme: Repercussions of 9/11