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Grade Level Grades 3-12
Resource Type Handout
Standards Alignment


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This child-friendly song, composed by Hank Fellows, "America's Songwriter," tells the true story of "Sirius," the police patrol dog who died in the Twin Towers on 9-11-01. This song is most effectively used in conjunction with Hank Fellows' children's book "Sirius, The Hero Dog of 9/11," which is also available on Hank Fellows' Share My Lesson page. That page includes Lesson Plans for the teaching of the book, for grades 3-5, 4-6, and 6-8. With or without the reading of this children's book, this song will give children a complete idea of the facts and themes surrounding the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/01. For another song about September 11th, which has been performed across America, please see Hank's song "Halfway to Heaven," also available on Hank's Share My Lesson page. This song is ideal for September 11, 2001, also known as Patriot Day. On September 10, 2006, Hank received a Citation from the New York City Council for his "continuing generosity and devotion to the remembrance of September 11th." A copy of this Citation is attached below.


participate in activities that focus on a classroom, school, or community issue or problem
formulate geographic questions and define geographic issues and problems
use a number of research skills (e.g., computer databases, periodicals, census reports, maps, standard reference works, interviews, surveys) to locate and gather geographical information about issues and problems (Adapted from National Geography Standards, 1994)
Students will trace the reactions to the September 11, 2001, attacks, including responses of the American public, the authorization of the War on Terror, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act.
To investigate problems and opportunities the United States faces in its immediate future
Students will explore the influence of various belief systems on contemporary cultures and events.
Identify causes and effects, using examples from current events, grade-level content, and historical events.
Distinguish between long-term and immediate causes and effects of a current event or an event in history.
Participate in activities that focus on a classroom, school, community, state, or national issue or problem.
Identify the relationship between multiple causes and multiple effects, using examples from his/her life or from a current event or history.
Distinguish between long-term and immediate causes and effects of an event from current events or history.


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