This lesson goes along with the Speeches Gallery.

Lesson Type(s) Grade(s) Description

Social-Emotional, Language Arts, Service, Social Studies

3rd, 4th, 5th

Check out speeches made after 9/11, and write your own.

Activity Prep Materials Heart Badges


Lined paper, Pencil

Education, Rescue, Veterans, General


EXPLAIN: Following the events of 9/11, multiple leaders spoke about what had happened, whether that was expressing sadness, solidarity, support for the United States or the people impacted, or to condemn the attacks.

VISIT: Speeches Gallery on 9/11 Lesson website: https://911lesson.org/speeches/


  • What were some elements of the speeches that you liked/didn’t like?
  • What role (if any) did emotion play into the speech? If there was an emotion, what was it?
  • What type of information was the speaking trying to portray?

EXPLAIN: Today, you’re going to get a chance to write your own 9/11 speech.



  1. Choose from one of the following topics:
    • The immediate aftermath of 9/11
    • Serving in honor of 9/11
    • A 9/11 Story you want to tell
  2. Write down the major points of what you want to say.
  3. Write down how you want people to feel during and after your speech.
  4. Using your points and feelings as a guide, write the speech.

EXPLAIN: Most world leaders have help in writing their speeches. Today, you’re going to help each other with the speeches you’ve written.


  1. Turn to a partner.
  2. Give your speech.
  3. Have a discussion with your partner about your speech and consider these questions:
    • What are the best parts of the speech? What about places to make it better?
    • How did the speech make your partner feel? Does that line up with what your goal was?
    • How can you work together to strengthen the speech?
  4. Repeat the process, switching roles.


DISCUSS: How can a good speech help people in a difficult time?