Current Issues

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

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.

October 20, 2018

Young people are suing the U.S. government over climate change, and their case comes before federal court on October 29, 2018. In this lesson, students examine the suit, read the personal testimony of two of the plaintiffs, and consider other strategies that young people are using to affect climate...

October 18, 2018

This lesson considers various statements by President Trump about immigration, and invites students to examine the facts on both sides.

October 14, 2018

2018 is the 50th anniversary of a landmark protest at the Miss America beauty pageant. The protest was part of a new period of feminist activism—one with renewed significance in the #MeToo era. In this lesson, students learn the details of the protest using an original document and explore how the...