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SOS - SEARCHING OUT STORIES AND INFORMATION - SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001
Discussion and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians
Book titles/online links are in blue and underlined. Click on them to find get more information.
To retell, get permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
1) What makes this site so remarkable is that it is a "folk" site--the stories and photos, etc., are contributed by just plain people... and they invite *all of us* to write *our* stories of where we were, how we felt, who we knew--no matter how distant we may have been from the events as they unfolded.
Here's what they say about "the institutions, people, and principles behind this archive":
The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses to them. Funded by a major grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and organized by the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the Digital Archive will contribute to the on-going effort by historians and archivists to record and preserve the record of 9/11 by: collecting first-hand accounts of the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath (especially voices currently under-represented on the web), collecting and archiving emails and digital images growing out of these events, organizing and annotating the most important web-based resources on the subject, and developing materials to contextualize and teach about the events. The Digital Archive will also use these events as a way of assessing how history is being recorded and preserved in the twenty-first century and as an opportunity to develop free software tools to help historians to do a better job of collecting, preserving, and writing history in the new century. Our goal is to create a permanent record of the events of September 11, 2001. In the process, we hope to foster some positive legacies of those terrible events by allowing people to tell their stories, making those stories available to a wide audience, providing historical context for understanding those events and their consequences, and helping historians and archivists improve their practices based on the lessons we learn from this project.
2) There are many good resources here.
Remembering September 11 with Children and Teens
3) 911; The Book of Help edited by Michael Cart with Marc Aronson and Marianne Carus. Wonderful children's authors including Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sharon Creech reflect on September 11, in poems, stories, and essays that are excellent invitations to discussion. Sonya Sones contributes a particularly poignant and beautiful poem. Ages 10 and up.
4) A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and Its Aftermath, edited by The New York Times. Numerous photos, first-person accounts, and quotes from the pages of The New York Times as well as accessible explanations and diagrams combine in a comprehensive visual history book for children. The Pulitzer Prize winning photos are extremely affecting and appropriate only for older children or teens who will not be scared by the disturbing images. Ages 10 and up.
5) Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Picture Puffin Books) by Maira Kalman. With respectful but lively text and illustrations, Kalman adroitly comforts young children with the story of the John J. Harvey, a once decrepit, retired fireboat that was repaired and refurbished on a lark and then unexpectedly used to put out fires at Ground Zero. Reminiscent of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, Fireboat helps children deal with confusing and sometimes overwhelming emotions. Ages 4-8.
6) With Their Eyes: September 11th--The View from a High School at Ground Zero edited by Annie Thoms. Stuyvesant High School is just four blocks from Ground Zero. Hundreds of students witnessed the attack on the Twin Towers, and the entire school was affected. With the guidance of English teacher Annie Thoms, a group of students talked to members of their school community about their reactions and then wrote and staged this play based on the interviews. Ages 13 and up.
Comforting Stories to Help Kids Heal
7) A Terrible Thing Happened - A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma by Margaret M. Holmes, illustrated by Cary Pillo. "Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing." Soon, Sherman starts getting stomachaches. He starts having nightmares. He gets into trouble in school. All of these bad feelings confuse Sherman until he meets Mrs. Maple. She helps Sherman draw and talk about his feelings so Sherman can feel better. Sherman's story is perfectly written and an excellent read-aloud. Ages 4-8.
8) The Tub People by Pam Conrad, illustrated by Richard Egielski. The Tub Child, part of a family of toys who live on the edge of the bathtub, accidentally goes down the drain one day. The Tub Child is eventually rescued and reunited with his family, helping children understand that bad things sometimes happen, but their families (or a friendly Tub Policeman) will always be there to help them. Ages 4-8.
9) Bad Stuff in the News by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman. Rabbi Gellman and Monsignor Hartman offer thoughtful and age-appropriate advice on dealing with the disturbing and sometimes terrifying things that appear in the news. They also explore reasons why these bad things happen and encourage kids to act compassionately and responsibly in their own lives. Ages 9-13.
10) When I Feel Scared (The Way I Feel Books) by Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson. Wonderfully written for the youngest children, this gentle book reassures kids that it's okay to feel scared and encourages them to tell someone about their fears. Ages 3-6.
Help for Parents (and Teachers) When Children are Scared
11) "Mommy, I'm Scared": How TV and Movies Frighten Children and What We Can Do to Protect Them by Joanne Cantor, Ph.D. An expert on children and the media helps parents intelligently limit their children's exposure to scary movies and television shows, including the news. She explores what content is most disturbing to which ages, and suggests age-appropriate ways in which parents can respond when a child has been scared by an image they've seen.
12) Terrorism and Kids: Comforting Your Child by Fern Reiss. Brief but informative text outlines strategies for helping children understand the violence they see in the news and cope with any new fears they may have as a result of September 11 or any violent event. Reiss also includes common questions children ask with truthful but reassuring responses.
13) What Should I Tell the Kids?: A Parent's Guide to Real Problems in the Real World by Ava L. Siegler, Ph.D. From divorce, alcohol, and homosexuality to violent crimes and natural disasters, a noted child psychologist explores the ways in which children process and react to information about tough topics. Numerous sample dialogues explore ways in which parents can explain confusing issues in clear and comforting ways based on their child's age.
14) "Pearl necklace" is a plot structure and needn't be in the title. We can call it 9/11 stories as a working title. Final titling can wait till there's a complete collection. Sometimes a title appears organically.
Format: recorded not written. 5-6 minute recordings. Artist must own story copyright. Copyright stays wt you except for permission to create this anthology on cd and maybe website..
Mp3 format or wav. File with 44.1 sample and 24 bits so I can edit a master. Send headshot and 25-50 word bio wt contact info.
We can do a small cd run and/or post it online wt creative commons copyright. If there are any profits after expenses, we can donate to a charity as yet to be decided. Mail cd wtphoto, $p3 or wav plus copy of bio to address below by Feb. 1.
Yvonne Healy 9/12/10
From Ellouise Schoettler 9/13/10
16) 9-11 (The American 'We')
Used to be just a normal day...Nothin' special, not in any way
Years have passed - a billion tears have dried
But they're still there...deep inside
In 2001, who could've imagined such an Eleventh of September
An inconceivably horrifying tragedy we - all of us -
Are destined, forever, to remember
"God Bless America" - remember that phrase?
Not too often heard (and meant) anymore...nowadays
You know He's not allowed in our schools . . . or at the game
We live as if He doesn't exist
Then, suddenly - He's to blame?
It's a crazy world we live in, isn't it?
It is - you know it's true
So, where do we go - anyone know?
Anybody have a clue?
Well, for what it's worth, here's a thought
And, it's not about what God hath wrought
It's about YOU ... and ME ... The American WE
Who must go on - though broken-hearted
And, it appears to me that the bottomline key...clearly must be
That we return to Where We Started:
~ God Bless America! ~
Tom Taylor 9/13/10
(Created 2001; last update 9/13/10)
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