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Posted: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:56 am, Tue Sep 13, 2011.

Kevin Alex was 3 1/2 years old when the Twin Towers were hit on Sept. 11, 2001, and he has little to no memory of the actual event.

But what do he and others his age know now?

What will they be taught in their historical classes this year, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks?

In Lodi Unified School District, teachers work the topic into their regular lessons every year. And administrators encourage, as appropriate, discussions in social science classrooms, according to Assistant Superintendent Odie Douglas.

Martha Snider, a Christa McAuliffe Middle School history teacher, planned to incorporate the historic event into the current curriculum on Sept. 9, since Sept. 11 fell on a weekend this year.

The anniversary comes and goes each year when eighth-graders such as Kevin are in the midst of learning about the American Revolution and the beginnings of the United States, such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, according to Snider.

"Taking a day to connect past to present, for me, is just part of that's day's lesson, wherever we are on the (district) pacing guide," she said, adding that she compares and contrasts the terrorist attack with Pearl Harbor.

At McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, the leadership class has collected photos of soldiers and biographical information from students to create a wall of honor.

"We have done this in the past and it has worked well," eighth-grade principal Ron Rammer said, adding that this time it will be focused around the Sept. 11 anniversary.

At the elementary level, Sept. 11 is typically recalled through a morning announcement read over the intercom followed by a moment of silence, according to Judy Bullard, who oversees Galt elementary district's curriculum department.

Teachers follow up with questions and answers and individually prepared lessons in their classrooms, she added.

"At the elementary level, we keep it really simple," Marengo Ranch Elementary principal Terry Metzger said.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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