Remembering the World Trade Center Attacks

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. (…)

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 »