Debunk September 11 Myths

Use this September 11 ESL lesson plan on this solemn day to arm your students with the knowledge and language skills to debunk common conspiracy theories.

Usually I don’t care much about conspiracy theories. They’re mostly harmless and I’m not usually hanging out with people who believe them. My aunt says something a little crazy about the coronavirus pandemic, I just change the subject. No big deal. But conspiracy theories about September 11, 2001 is where I draw the line. I will take the time to debunk and ridicule someone for bringing something like that up. On this solemn day, give your students the information they need to do the same if they ever encounter someone like this. This September 11 ESL lesson plan goes through 5 common conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 and debunks them concisely. Our discussion worksheet will give you and your students loads to talk about over a 60 or 90 minute conversation course.

  1. Warm-up question: In your own words what happened on 9/11?
  2. Watch the video once: Ask your students, “Had you heard of any of these theories before? Which one(s)? Did you believe them?”
  3. Vocabulary: Check out the vocabulary on the PDF and answer any questions.
  4. Watch the video again: Answer the questions on the PDF in pairs.
  5. Speaking Activity: Put students in pairs to complete the speaking activity – directions on the PDF.
  6. If you’ve still got time left over, put your students in small groups to discuss the group activity.
  7. For homework, think about assigning the writing activity on the back page.

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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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