Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

Reflecting on National Hispanic Heritage Month

This lesson uses Hispanic Heritage Month as a jumping off point for discussing how “history” is shaped and what we can do together to include a larger variety of voices and narratives in our study of history.

Domestic Violence in the NFL - and everywhere

Students use the case of Ray Rice — the professional football player seen physically abusing his fiancé — as a starting point to learn about domestic violence.

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

The People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014 was 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.