Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

Reconsidering President Obama's ISIS Strategy

Students work in small groups and as a class to decide on what policies they would recommend to the President to deal with threats posed by ISIS. 

People's Climate March

Organizers predict that the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014, will be the largest climate march in history. In this lesson students learn about the march and the current scientific consensus on climate change, and consider what we and political leaders should do about it. 

What is justice? What is peace?

What is justice? What is peace? And how are they related?  Students consider these questions and the meaning of the chant “no justice, no peace,” used by people protesting the police killing of Michael Brown - and by many past protesters.


Our age-appropriate classroom lessons and activities for grades K-12 aim to deepen your students' understanding of September 11 and the 10th anniversary ceremonies, and develop their critical thinking skills. The guide, written by Morningside Center executive director Tom Roderick, also includes recommended books and other teaching ideas.

The 'Poor Doors' Controversy

Should apartment buildings that have both luxury and affordable units have separate entrances for wealthy and non-wealthy residents? Students learn about a controversy over “poor doors” in New York and London, analyze different perspectives, and write a persuasive essay on the issue.

Labor Day, then and now

Labor Day isn't just a holiday, it's a teachable moment. In this lesson, students learn about the history of Labor Day and some of the labor movement’s past accomplishments, then consider unions' current challenges and the growing "alt-labor" movement.

Challenging stereotypes: Michael Brown and #IfTheyGunnedMeDown

Students explore the mainstream media's portrayal of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, and the conversation it has touched off about racial stereotyping. 

What happened in Ferguson - and why?

Students discuss the police killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, MO, and consider the racial and economic backdrop to the killing and the protests that have followed. 

Student Debt and the Case for Free Higher Education

Would free higher education be possible in America? How did people in other parts of the world win and defend their right to affordable higher education? In this lesson, students examine the issue of rising student debt and proposals to deal with it, including free higher education.