Watching a film: Real terror in reel time

11 Sep

It is nearing the end of term, and with it, the end of year 11.  For many of the students in my Modern History class, this also means that the last few lessons of Modern History are fast approaching.

As a teacher, I am thus faced with a class of disengaged students.  The solution?  Show a film!

Over the next two lessons, I will be showing my year elevens 102 Minutes that Changed America.


The documentary cobbles together eyewitness footage in order to capture the events of, and reactions to, the 9/11 attacks.   The same footage can be accessed through the History Channel website.  There, you can pick a vantage point and access footage peculiar to that view.

The footage is fairly confronting.  Accordingly, I am electing to first familiarise my students with events by reading from the children’s text September 11 (We the People) .  I will follow this with a discussion.  Then, my students will read the review of 102 Minutes that Changed America published in the New York Times in order to understand that what they will be reviewing is, indeed, “real terror in real time.”


2 Responses to “Watching a film: Real terror in reel time”


  1. Audience, purpose and representation | Once uPUN a time... - September 15, 2013

    […] footage, thus capturing reactions as well as images of the destruction (see previous post: Real terror in reel time).   By comparing these we were clearly able to see how audience and purpose shaped representation […]


  2. Graphic depictions of The 9/11 Report | Once uPUN a time... - September 15, 2013

    […] shape representations of particular historical events (see, for example, my previous posts here, here and […]


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