Current Issues

Classroom activities to engage students in learning about and discussing issues in the news

December 8, 2018

This lesson invites students to examine the history of laws about people seeking asylum in the U.S. Students will consider who should be allowed to gain asylum today and how their cases should be treated.

November 30, 2018

Does the U.S. political system live up to the principle of one person, one vote? In this lesson, students explore arguments about whether the Electoral College and the U.S. Senate might hinder the quest for fair, democratic representation. 

November 16, 2018

Are protesters justified in confronting political officials while they are eating out at restaurants or engaging in other personal activities? After reading about three such protests, students consider the arguments for and against such tactics.

November 15, 2018

The holiday invites exploration of everything from American history to gratitude.

November 13, 2018

Four tips from Morningside Center Staff Developer Amy Fabrikant on how to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students, and all students, going forward.

November 8, 2018

After another deadly shooting, how can we help young people and adults process the news and find comfort?

October 29, 2018

Students share their thoughts and feelings in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, view and discuss a video about hate crimes, and hear the voices of religious and community leaders who are standing up against hate. 

October 28, 2018

By examining and discussing text, tweets, and images, students consider why a caravan of people are leaving their homes in Central America and heading north. 

October 25, 2018

This lesson invites students to examine reasons why Americans may not vote, both in the past and in the present. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the struggle for voting rights and will explore why the ability to vote means so much to many Americans.

October 21, 2018

A new UN report on climate disruption points to the need for immediate action. In this lesson, students discuss the report and what kind of response it requires.