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Because I'll forget if I don't post now...

September 11 is this Sunday and in class today, a couple students expressed an interest in discussing(?)/reading about the significance of 9-11 in the USA. Well, I have a couple days to prepare for Monday's class, but I'd love any suggestions/help my readers might offer.

Regarding my students: multi-national with a wide variety of religious practices. These are intermediate to some advanced English learners.

Considerations for material: I want to provide material (hopefully like an article or couple readings, IDK) that is accessible (vocabulary, engaging) and culturally sensitive (i.e., doesn't go about condemning all foreigners or Muslims, etc.).

If you have any ideas or have seen interesting readings/articles or even short video clips, I'd appreciate it. I'm not doing much in the way of video searching because there's only one tech cart at the center and it's difficult to reserve for use, so I'd be working from my small netbook.


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Sep. 8th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Noam Chomsky has written a new forward to his book on 9-11. This is an article that contains a large excerpt from it:

Sep. 8th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Hey! :) So, 9/11 literature is sort of starting to be my thing. So this won't be super helpful because these are all books, but maybe they'll help you narrow your search for forwards/excerpts from them? I'm going to look for excerpts, too, I'm just going to go ahead and give you these in case your google-fu is better than mine.

Two amazing non-fiction books are:

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive in the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn. It takes stuff like interviews from witnesses along with stuff sent out by people trapped in the top floors like emails and text messages and weaves all of this together to create a picture of what might have happened inside. A neat thing is that they list 365 people of all that were in the Twin Towers by name and the office they worked for. It has a few diagrams of how the plane impacted and the damage it caused and where people were trapped and why some couldn't get out.

Anyway. There's an author's note and prologue so I'm going to look for those online. There is also:

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. This book won a Pulitzer Prize. Anyway, obviously it's not so much about the day of 9/11 but what we know of the FBI, CIA, bin Laden, and other influences like the Egyptian and Saudi governments. The book tries to show how all of these forces came into play before 9/11. I don't remember it being biased, just inevitable because we already knew who flew those planes into the towers and that bin Laden was behind it. Instead it focuses on some of the origins of Al-Qaeda, their reasons why they flew the planes as far as we can tell, and also how the FBI and the CIA had a lot of the information that could have prevented 9/11 except they never communicated between departments. Very interesting stuff! There's an author's note I'm going to look for and their might be a new forward or something by now.

Fiction: (just in case you're interested)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. A story about a boy who loses his father in the 9/11 attack.

Falling Man by Don Delilo.

Annnd I'm going to go through and see if I can find a few good poems from September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, if you're interested? :)
Sep. 8th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
OK, so. I'm going to try not to spam you today, I promise. :P

This is an interview with Lawrence Wright a year after The Looming Tower was published. It talks a little about his new work but there are still a lot of questions he answers about bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda, the FBI/CIA/America's response, etc. You could probably use it to compare 2007 to today, or to just share his opinions and see what your class thinks. IDK. ;)

Sep. 8th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
<3 I'd be interested in looking through some poetry, too, if you turn up something. :D

(Oh man, have an hour to get myself organized and iron out details for today before I head in to the office. Is it Friday yet?)
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