Commemorating 9/11

Striking images

Here is the New York Times front page we discovered in class,associate each of the following words with the different parts of the New York times front page dated September 12th 2001:

Body: the main part of the article : n° ?

Headline: a title in large letters : n°?

Lead : the first sentences of the article: n°?

Logo: the name of the newspaper: n°?

Masthead: information about the newspaper: n°?

Standfirst: a subtitle : n°?

Photograph: illustration: n°?

G.W. Bush: 9/11 Address to the Nation

(September 11th 2001)

Good evening. Today our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and Federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our Nation into chaos and retreat, but they have failed. Our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.

Today our Nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America, with the daring of our rescueworkers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could. 

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington D.C. to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks. The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.

The search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night. And God bless America.

Speech analysis

a) Watch carefully the images and think about GW Bush’s body language and overall presentation.

Does he seem strong or intimidated?  How do you know?  What message do you think he is sending to Americans?  To the world?  Why?

b) Now, focus on the Words. As you listen, think about the words.

Why are they powerful? What do they tell us? 

After listening to the speech, how would you feel as an American ?

c) Read paragraph 1 and highlight all the negative words. What is the President’s purpose ?

Read paragraph 2. The tone is different in this part. Show how.

Read paragraph 3 and explain the expression « the best of America » 

Speech practice:

At home, choose one of the paragraphs of the second part of President Bush’s speech and practise your pronunciation and flow of speech to be able to deliver it at school.

Compréhension de texte:

Lisez l’article ci-dessous extrait de USA Today et faites-en une synthèse en français.

The touching stories behind 9/11 tattoos

Brian Branco is not a tattoo type of a guy.

The 50-year-old technology consultant normally wouldn’t have wanted someone to pierce ink into his skin. Yet each upper arm is marked with prominent images that include the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as well as the number 93 to symbolize the hijacked Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa., and the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

His ink includes the words “Never Forget,” the phrase “No day shall erase you from the memory of time,” and the names Bob, Jill and Steve.

Those are his colleagues who died when the towers crumbled.

“I would have never gotten any tattoos if it wasn’t for September 11 and my need to keep the memory alive of my friends who died that day,” he says.

“Never Forget” is the mantra of many affected by those terrorist attacks — and Branco is among the scores of people who have done just that by putting a permanent reminder on their skin.

Broken hearts, eagles, the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, American flags and the names of the deceased are among the wide array of tattoos that mark that day. Some are small, such as a delicate “never forget” written in tiny script on a wrist of survivor Evelyn Lugo. Others are bold designs covering large swaths of skin.

The tattoos represent grief, anger, courage, patriotism, frustration, hope and resilience. They pay tribute. They invite observers to ask questions and allow a story about terrorism, death, heroism and healing to be retold. (…)

Following the terrorist attacks, people took solace in tattoo studios. Josh Everett estimates he and his fellow tattoo artists at a now-closed shop  in downtown Manhattan inked at least 1,000 people after offering free tattoos as a way to give back.

“We worked with police officers, firefighters, EMS, paramedics, civilians and the military,” he says. New Yorkers, as well out-of-town visitors, lined up for their services. Some patrons exuded anger, others would breakdown and cry. Throughout, the artists often served as « armchair psychiatrists, » Everett says.

“It was a heavy, emotional time,” he says. “It was probably the most significant thing I did as a tattoo artist.” (…)

Writing Time:

Imagine a dialogue between an American teenager who announces to his / her family that he / she has decided to get a tatoo in order to remember 9/11. (150 words +/- 10%)