Remembering 9/11: A Study in Terrorism
Part I: Osama bin Laden
Part I is worth 200 points.
When the United States began bombing Afghanistan in October 2001, it was primarily because of one person, Osama bin
Laden. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, evidence began to emerge pointing to bin Laden and his terrorist network, al-Qaeda.
For almost ten years, bin Laden was known to U.S. officials as a terrorist intent on targeting the United States.
The bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the bombings of American embassies in 1998 were linked to him and his extensive
But who is Osama bin Laden? Where did he come
from and how did he establish a network of suicidal-bombing terrorists? This Web site from PBS explores who bin Laden is and
how he rose to power. It explores his combination of inherited wealth and radical Islam and how he turned those resources
of money and anger against the United States.
Start at the PBS Frontline Web site entitled “Hunting
Bin Laden.” Browse through the site and go to each heading: "Introduction," "Who is Bin Laden?," "Trail of Evidence,"
and "Two Terrorists." Read the summaries on these pages. Read with more depth the topics that interest you or when a question
calls for it.
After spending time on the Web site, answer the following questions. Then, answer the following questions
by typing in your answers in the text boxes. When you are finished, submit your answers by clicking on the button. You might
also want to print a copy of your answers in case of a technological malfunction. You can do this by copying and pasting
your answers into a Word file.
from the Web site, create a timeline of Osama bin Laden's life on a piece of posterboard. On the top of the timeline, include
details and events from his personal life. On the bottom of the timeline, include relevant world events and terrorist events
discussed in the Web site.
The questions are worth 25 points each. The posterboard timeline is worth
Part II: U.S. Department of
Part II is worth 100 points.
Throughout our nation’s history,
we have used laws to promote and maintain our security and our liberty. In response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
President George W. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security. The department combines 22 previously unrelated domestic
agencies into one department in order to more effectively protect U.S. soil. The new department’s main concern is to
guard the nation against additional terrorist attacks. The DHS is also committed to defending the rights of American citizens
and enhancing public services, such as natural disaster assistance and citizenship services, by devoting offices to these
Start at the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security Web site. Click on the links to the FAQs; DHS Organization: Department Components and Leadership;
and the Threat Advisory. Be sure to read each section carefully, taking notes as you go. After reading through the information,
answer the following questions by typing in your answers in the text boxes. When you are finished, submit your answers by clicking on the button.
You might also want to print a copy of your answers in case of a technological malfunction. You can do this by copying and
pasting your answers into a Word file.
Part III: Major Terrorist
Attacks Affecting Americans
Part III is worth 100 points.
Make sure to pick
up a map and worksheet. You will complete this portion of the assignment in the traditional paper/pencil style.
Part IV: USA Freedom Corps
Part IV is worth 100 points.
After the September
11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans volunteered their time to help the victims and relief workers. People
raised money to buy food, blankets, and other supplies for those affected by the attacks. Young people in Iowa performed household
chores for their neighbors and donated the money they received for their work to the Red Cross. Students in Illinois organized
neighborhood garage sales and made "Freedom Bracelets" and "Freedom Pins" to raise money for relief funds.
Inspired by this spirit of volunteerism,
President George W. Bush described the creation of a new volunteer program, the USA Freedom Corps, in his State of the Union
Address on January 29, 2002. This activity explores why the USA Freedom Corps was created and how it connects volunteers with
specific organizations throughout the United States.
Start at the USA Freedom
Corps Web site. Browse the site making sure to visit the "About USA Freedom Corps" topics. Use the information you have
learned to answer the following questions.
All assignments are due by
the end of the school day on Friday, September 15, 2006.