BOATLIFT - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and the horrible attacks on The United States. There have been many stories told and many news accounts of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the thwarted highjacking of Flight 93. On the anniversary of the attacks many news organizations choose to relive the morning and discuss what has changed.

"Boatlift" is one story from that day. A short (12 minute) documentary about the evacuation of Lower Manhattan, by boat. It is the story of selflessness and quick response that became the largest evacuation by boat, in history.

With all the news tomorrow focused on recounting the life changing events of eleven years ago, this documentary is a wonderful reminder of how quickly a community can come together in the face of tragic events.

In a classroom, this video could be used to discuss the events of September 11th from a different perspective. It could be used as a writing prompt or, it could be used as a way to simply begin a discussion.

As a classroom teacher on September 11, 2001 I struggled with how to answer questions as I watched events unfold with my students and I struggled with how to approach the topic year after year. This short film is a way to celebrate how ordinary people can become heroes by simply answering a call for help. 

Does your school or classroom take time to remember September 11th each year? How?