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9/11 Through a Critical Literacy Lens

We honor the 20th anniversary of September 11th

9/11 Through a Critical Literacy Lens

In this session for current teachers, future teachers, and teacher educators, we explore how to understand the importance of using memories as a form of oral history, especially about an important event in U.S. history like September 11, 2001. Learn how future teachers learned to use the Memories of September 11, 2001 digital platform to develop a lesson plan and discuss how knowledge construction, or reconstruction, of content empowers students to embrace their own conceptual perspectives and enables them to more critically evaluate other aspects of their lives.

DATE: September 9, 2021

TIME: 7 pm EST / 4 pm PST

LOCATION. Online. Click here to register.


SLIDE DECK WITH CURRICULUM: 9/11 Through a Critical Literacy Lens

How does a society experience significant change when its sovereignty is challenged? Can subsequent institutional changes be altered when we assume critical distance? The series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the U.S. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 continue to deeply affect U.S. identity and politics. In an online academic forum, students compare observations of memories of September 11, 2001 and demonstrate empathy in a digital age.


Carolyn Fortuna, PhD, is a former high school English teacher with a distinguished career in education. She is the winner of the 2015 Technology and Reading Award from the International Literacy Association. Carolyn is an English and media literacy educator with a deep interest in critical analysis of film, mass media, and popular culture. With Kara Clayton, she created Memories of September 11, 2001, a digital literacy platform for learners. She has developed and implemented high school curriculum for teaching media literacy and sports culture in the context of English language arts. Learn more about her work here  She offers professional development workshops across the U.S. to help others learn about the potential for digital literacy and learning across all topics and issues.