New York City Municipal Archives, NYCMA_RWLG_WTC_21
Letter from Jesmarie Nieves, a student in Puerto Rico, to New York City Mayor Giuliani, September 11, 2001.
What kind of letter is this? Is it in a friendly letter format or a business letter format?
Why would a student in Puerto Rico write this letter in school?
What do you notice about the student's writing? Why is her English sometimes less than perfect?
What happened on September 11, 2001? What was the effect of that day? How has our world changed because of it?
Who is this letter addressed to?
What were the circumstances and effects of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941? What are the similarities and differences between the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the attack on September 11, 2001?
Write a report on schools in Puerto Rico. What are the schools' schedule and curriculum, and how long is the school day? Do students learn in Spanish, English, or both languages?
English Language Arts: Research and read about current events in another country. Write letters to a school in that country about some of their current happenings.
Foreign Language/ESL: Translate this letter into another language.
Gerstein, Mordicai. 2003. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Roaring Brook Press, 2003.