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Tribute WTC Visitor Center's Online Classroom Resource Toolkit, "September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation"

May 20, 2010

The primary outcome of "Projects of Peace," funded in part by a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) Education grant, is an online classroom resource kit, "September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation," equipping teachers with ways to discuss the attacks, the response to the attacks, and the ways in which September 11th resonates in our lives today. The kit, designed for grades 5-12, features the stories of ten individuals in eight units and videos, and also provides historic context, research links, and community service projects for each story.
Unit 7: "Globalizing Peace," teaches about the bombing of Hiroshima through the stories of Tsugio Ito and Masahiro Sasaki, both of Hiroshima. Mr. Ito lost his brother on August 6, 1945 and his son at the World Trade Center on September 11. Mr. Sasaki's sister, the legendary Sadako, has inspired generations of children to fold origami cranes for peace. "Globalizing Peace" features videos, in Japanese and subtitled in English, in which the men share their stories and their hope for peace. It also includes back-story biographies on the two men, a timeline of events, definitions of words such as "hibakusha," and research resources leading students to websites, books, and films about 9/11, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the hibakusha experience, and the Hiroshima Peace Museum, as well as classroom and service projects. One of the classroom projects is a set of traditional kamishibai cards created by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). In English and Japanese, these cards tell the story of Sadako and her origami cards.