CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Carma Peters' students at South Charleston High School were 7 or 8 years old on Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists flew airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"Their recollection of it was not very clear," said Peters, chairwoman of the school's history department.
She and other local high school history and civics teachers are preparing to reflect on the terrorist attacks of that day in the classroom.
Teachers plan to explore the political and global ramifications of events that followed the attacks, but also the range of emotions people felt in the wake of the day itself.
"It was such an emotional thing for us," said Paula Kerner, a civics teacher at Capital High School.
The school will have a commemoration ceremony today, and other schools have similar activities planned.
Peters asked students in her class to interview three people who remember 9/11.
She wants her students to interview family members and neighbors who are at least 30, or old enough to vividly recall the day. "They really want to do a good job on it," she said.
She's excited about the interviews one student from Nigeria has gathered. He had planned to talk with his father and his uncle to gain a more foreign perspective.
History teachers at South Charleston will show different films today about 9/11, and Peters' students have also created posters and collages about its impact. For instance, one or more posters might address the sacrifice of police, firefighters and other emergency responders.
Other local teachers recalled their students' views of Sept. 11.
Cecil Walker, a U.S. history teacher at Herbert Hoover High School, has noticed a change in perspective among his current students, who were only 6 or 7 on 9/11. In years past, his students recalled more of their own memories from the day.
But his students today reflect more on the perspective of others from 9/11, he believes. "They've heard people talk about it," Walker said.
Kerner agrees that current high school students have a different perspective on 9/11.