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Analyze Bush's commemorative speech

September 11, 2002
Web posted at: 3:35 PM EDT (1935 GMT)

Overview: Commemorative ceremonies are held around the world to honor those who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks. How has the world changed as a result of these attacks? Ask students to recount the events of September 11 and trace the ways in which the United States and the international community have conducted the War on Terrorism. Have students analyze President George W. Bush's speech commemorating the one-year anniversary of the attacks.

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Have students read the story "Naming the lost, renewing resolve" and answer the following questions:

1. Why is today a significant day for Americans? Where did the attacks of 9/11 take place? How was the one-year anniversary of the attacks observed at each of these sites and in different cities around the world? Do you think it's important to recognize the one-year anniversary of the attacks? Why or why not? If so, what are you doing to commemorate the event? Explain.

2. Ask students: Where were you when the 9/11 attacks occurred? How did the attacks impact your life? Have your feelings about the attacks changed during the last years? If so, how? How has the world changed as a result of the events of September 11? Ask students to recount the events of September 11 and trace the ways in which the United States and the international community have conducted the War on Terrorism.

3. President George W. Bush commemorated the first year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks during a ceremony at the Pentagon. Have students read Bush's speech and put themselves in the place of political analysts. Ask students: One year after the worst attack on U.S. soil, what would you have wanted the president to say to Americans? Divide the class into small teams of political analysts. Allow each team time to list the points the president made in his speech and also those points they believe he should have conveyed in his speech. Direct each team to write a review of the president's remarks to be published in a magazine or newspaper. Then invite a spokesperson from each team to present the review. Have students consider why President Bush chose to specifically highlight certain points in his speech and not others. Discuss.




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