Research and Current Events

Racial and Religious Issues

Understanding the Arab and Muslim World

Understanding Terrorism

Coping & Helping

In an effort to help teachers and students deal with and learn from the events of September 11th, The Copernicus Team has assembled some links that can be used for research, teaching and coping.

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America Responds
PBS has provided lesson plans and classroom resources covering the events of September 11th. (preK-12)

USA Activities for Kids has put together a list of patriotic and positive activities for children of different ages. (1-7)


- Research and Current Events

- Racial and Religious Issues

- Understanding the Arab and Muslim World

- Understanding Terrorism

- Coping & Helping

Research and Current Events

Attack on America
This Web site offers the latest BBC news coverage and United Kingdom perspective on the attack on America and our response. (8-12)

How Stuff Works: September 11, 2001
Students and teachers can find answers to common questions about the events on September 11th, including "What happened when?" and "Why were these explosions so powerful?" (6-12)
The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalism. (9-12)

EdGate’s online partner, USA TODAY provides a comprehensive look at today’s headlines. (6-12)

Washington Post Camera Works
Teachers may access outstanding video and still photos from professional photographers in the aftermath of September 11th. Be aware that some images are very graphic and should not be shown to all children. Be sure to check the “America at War” section for more up-to-date photographs of the American response. (9-12)

Web Links from Investigative Reporters and Editors
Excellent journalist web resources for the events of September 11th and follow-up are available to the public. (9-12)

World Health Organization FAQ
The World Health Organization answers questions about biological and chemical agents used as weapons. (9-12)

World Trade Center
Research and historical information about the World Trade Center buildings from an architectural prospective have been organized on this Web site. (8-12)

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Racial and Religious Issues

Beyond Blame
In response to the terrorist tragedy of September 11 and subsequent attacks against Arab Americans, the Educational Development Center, Inc. has developed a free 30-page curriculum for middle and high school students focused on issues of justice and mislaid blame. (7-12)

Comparison of Islam and Christianity
This Web site provides a clear comparison of the differences in these two large religions. (Religion 8-12)

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR is one of a number of anti-defamation groups organized to combat the negative portrayal of Islam. (9-12)

100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans
The Detroit Free Press offers a well-written background on Arab Americans, Arab culture, religion, and other topics. Succinct answers are written in language that many young people will understand. (6-12)

Planet Tolerance
Children of all ages are invited to visit Planet Tolerance, a safe and engaging Web site with storybooks about human rights and a worldwide mural painted and written by young people. (3-5)

Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide. (9-12)

Tolerance Education
United Federation of Teachers’ site offers resources for teaching tolerance. (9-12)

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Understanding the Arab and Muslim World

America's Crisis: Asian Perspectives
AsiaSource's special report provides background to the important issues, regions and players surrounding the September 11th US bombings. There are links to news, commentary, maps, history, and other web resources. (9-12)

CIA World Factbook: Afghanistan
This Web site is a thorough, factual rundown on the country, containing political, economic, geographic, and other background information. (6-12)

Xpeditions Atlas: Afghanistan
Use a National Geographic map of Afghanistan to help students better understand current events. Other maps are also available at this site. (6-12)
This Web site offers free access to virtually thousands of references for global studies research. The site also contains over 1000 highly acclaimed images and over 300 links to other research areas. Registration is free. (9-12)

Fog of War
The Washington Post presents this extensive site that examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. The site chronicles the war's effect on the Middle East while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. (6-12)

Hunting bin Laden
This Frontline program companion Web site investigates the 1998 U.S. embassy terrorist bombings in East Africa and probes bin Laden's life story. It also talks to a U.S. Muslim community about anti-Muslim stereotyping and prejudice. (8-12)

100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans
The Detroit Free Press offers a well-written background on Arab Americans, Arab culture, religion, and other topics. Succinct answers are written in language that many young people will understand. (6-12)

University of Georgia Islamic Studies website covers the areas of Islam, Arabic, and Western religions. It is particularly intended to be of use for students and teachers at all levels, as well for members of the general public who wish to get a non-polemical view of Islam (including Sunni Islam, Shi'ism, and Sufism) and to a lesser extent of Judaism and Christianity. (9-12)

The Islamic World to 1600
Introduction to Islam, this time from the University of Calgary. It's intended as a succinct college-level tutorial on the Islamic world. It contains a wealth of facts for teachers and Advanced Placement students. (9-12)
This Web site offers a collection of resources about Islam and Muslims, as well as a variety of commentary from third parties. Teachers should review all links prior to use by students. (9-12)

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
This Israeli Government Web site, maintained by the Government of Israel's Information Division, provides a broad range of information about Israel, its people, and comprehensive material on Israeli government policies and foreign relations. (6-12)

Middle East Network Information Center
The University of Texas at Austin site contains information and resources on the Middle Eastern countries. It also has additional areas such as K-12 resources, and libraries and electronic publishing. (7-12)

Middle East Studies Resources
This collection from Columbia University offers listings of web sites covering historical and current political events in the Middle East, with emphasis on resources created in Middle Eastern countries. Some material may be overly advanced for K-12 use, but interested students can find lots of information at this site. (8-12)

Who Are the Taliban?
This background report on the Taliban was produced by the BBC's South Asia service. (8-12)

The Taliban - Who Are They?
USATODAY's mini-brief on the Taliban is concise, yet thorough. (6-12)

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Understanding Terrorism

CIA: “The War on Terrorism”
The CIA has posted resources on the war against terrorism. (8-12)

National Commission on Terrorism
This Congressional report titled “Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorism” provides the National Commission's perspective. Requires Adobe Acrobat. (9-12)

One Man's Freedom Fighter is Another Man's Terrorist
This S.C.O.R.E. lesson plan by David MacDonald has students identify terrorist groups and make threat assessments. (10-12)

Patterns of Global Terrorism
The US State Department's 1998 report on the extent of global terrorism includes assessments of terrorist activities in various parts of the world, including the Middle-East and South Asia. (9-12)

The Federation of American Scientists has created a frequently-updated listing of terrorism reports and resources, including government reports, background articles, and related information. (9-12)

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Coping & Helping

America Responds: Healing
MSN Special on how to cope, talking to your kids, reaching out for help, and other healing guidance. (Parent or Teacher)

America's Fund for Afghan Children
The President asked American children to help Afghan children by making contributions of one dollar individually or collectively to new fund care of the White House.

America’s Children Reach Out
A special page has been created by the Red Cross that highlights how America's children have responded to the attacks — and how adults can help children cope. (5-Adult)

The American Liberty Partnership
The American Liberty Partnership is an Internet industry initiative that is using the online medium to connect people who want to help with the organizations that need it the most. At this Web site, you will find opportunities to support these organizations, as well as general information about how the relief effort is progressing and what needs are next on the horizon. (9-Adult)

ERICNews: Grapevine
ERIC has published lists of resources for parents and teachers to help children cope with the recent tragedies at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Each of the several lists has a slightly different focus. (Parent or Teacher)

Helping Children Cope with Disaster
This FEMA site focuses on disasters and helping children cope with disasters. (Parent or Teacher)

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
The American organization, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), has a 10-page fact sheet titled "Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters". (Parent or Teacher)

Helping Children Understand the Terrorist Attacks
The U.S. Department of Education site offers many links for educators, parents, and students. A Spanish version is available. (Parent or Teacher)

How Kids Can Help
A special section of resources and ideas for ways that kids and their friends can get involved, share their thoughts and feelings, and help the victims of this terrible tragedy. (3-12)

How to Talk to Children about the Threat of Biological Warfare or Terrorist Attack
Teachers and parents can find tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about ways to talk to children about unsettling ideas such as terrorism or the threat of biological warfare. (Parent or Teacher)

Phases of Traumatic Stress Reactions in a Disaster
Descriptions of the normal phases of traumatic stress reactions in a disaster situation are outlined on this Web site. (Parent or Teacher)

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