The Aughts: On 9/11 I Was in Fourth Grade
Grades: 3 - 12

Video Description: New September 2022! Sara, who was in fourth grade on 9/11, remembers what it was like at school and home that day.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: I Remember-22**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

    Discussion Questions:

  • Have you heard family members or anyone else talk about the events of September 11, 2001 before? If so, how are their memories similar or different to the ones recalled in the video?
  • Primary source memories of an event will, of course, vary by person depending on where they were at the time of the event, how old they were, etc. How do you think these variations might affect your work as an historian developing an historic account of an event? What strengths and potential limitations do you see with using memories from different people, even if they conflict?
    Activity Ideas:

  • Use the video as a starting point for a student project on the events of 9/11. Have students talk with their parents, neighbors, and teachers and gather their memories of 9/11. What do students learn about the day and how it affected people from these primary sources? Have students present their report to others in a form of their choice—video, PowerPoint or similar presentation, written paper, etc.
  • Use the video as inspiration for students to interview each other about an event of their choice. Use the project to discuss the value of primary sources, how to appropriately cite primary sources, and how to tell a story of history from a first person perspective. Have students create and share videos with the class or another forum of your choice.
  • Have some student-created “I Remember” videos you think would be worth publishing on the I Remember website for other students to learn from? Email us at, and we’ll be back in touch with the process to send us the videos you’d like us to consider. Put “I Remember Videos” in the title line.


*Topical videos are filmed on location in the classroom/workspace/laboratory, in studio, or a combination of both to explain and/or demonstrate specific concepts, events, topics, or processes.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.