Activity Overview

The 5Ws are a powerful and simple way for students to get an overview of a topic and better enhance their understanding. By creating a spider map or narrative storyboard that showcases the 5Ws, students can demonstrate their knowledge using concise descriptions and visual scenes. Giving students a visual with each category helps students to better understand and remember the details and importance of the topic.

When learning about the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of 9/11, students may need teachers to provide a variety of age appropriate resources. After reading The Red Bandanna and learning more about 9/11, students will create a spider map to explain the 5Ws about September 11, 2001. They will create scenes and a short description to answer the following questions: What was 9/11? When did 9/11 happen? Who was affected by it? Where did it occur? Why did it happen?

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that answers the following questions about 9/11: What was 9/11? When did 9/11 occur? Who was affected by it? Where did it occur? Why did it happen?

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the description boxes, write a concise statement that answers the question.
  3. Create a picture for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items to illustrate your answer.
  4. Save often.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and History

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


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