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"9/11 Heroes"

publication date: Sep 7, 2011
author/source: Carol Montgomery

Free Readers Theater–character building–9/11–terrorist attack–first responders honored

"9/11 Heroes" is a short, primary level Choral Readers Theater script remembering heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.  With two choruses, this script should work with mature 1st-3rd graders and possibly ESL or ESOL classes.  A vocabulary list is included.  Extensive annotated curriculum links (updated in January 2017) are also included for easy lesson plans--including dialing 911.

TIME:  about 1 1/2 minutes  CAST:  2+ (2 choruses)  TONE:  somber, character-building  READABILITY:  grade 2.7 (a few multi-syllabic words like building, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.)

Here is an excerpt from this free Readers Theater script.  NOTE:  Click the second yellow link for "Chalkboard font"–with the chalkboard letter "a", etc.

9/11 Heroes
By Carol Montgomery ©2011
(A Choral Readers Theater based on Sept. 11, 2001)

Chorus A:  9/11 2001 was a very bad day.

Chorus B:  Bad men took over four U.S. jets.

Chorus A:  One jet flew into a tall building in New York            
                 called the North Tower.  It was one            
                 of the Twin Towers.

Chorus B:
  A second jet flew into the tall building

                 next door called the South Tower.
                 It was the other Twin Tower.

A & B Together:  Both buildings were on fire.

Chorus A:
  A third jet flew into a building in Washington            

                 D.C. called the Pentagon.  It was on fire.

Chorus B: 
The last jet crashed in a field in                                            

                 Pennsylvania.  It also got on fire.

A & B Together:  Heroes helped on 9/11.

Chorus A:  Firefighters ran to help.

Chorus B:  Police officers ran to help.

Chorus A:  Rescue workers ran to help.

Chorus B:  Lots of people ran to help.

A & B Together:  Many people needed help.

Chorus A:  People died.

Chorus B:  People were hurt.

Chorus A:  But, many people ran to help.  (continued...)

***Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the Patriot Day Choral Readers Theater script remembering Sept. 11, 2001, "9/11 Heroes."  This PDF has extensive annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans.

Download the PDF "9/11 Heroes," a free primary level Readers Theater script that honors the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 (in HELVETICA FONT).

Download the PDF "9/11 Heroes" in Chalkboard Font.


Download "9/11 Heroes" Thinking Questions–10 questions to help build thinking skills.


Bonus Link:  "Boatlift–an Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience"

"Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan."  This true documentary interviews several of the boat captains and tells a powerful story of people coming together to help those they do not know.  Includes some mature scenes of people covered with dust coming out of the disaster, but the focus is on the teamwork of people who helped.  Powerful!  Putting cost and inconvenience aside to help perfect strangers, this video acknowledges our innate desire to save all lives.  If you lived through September 11, 2001, this could be very emotional.  
TIME = about 11 minutes with a minute of credits at the end.

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