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ACT UP, 30 Years On
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In this lesson, students will learn about and discuss the activist organziation ACT UP, a group whose creative techniques fored the government to act to combat HIV/AIDS. This lesson is broken into 2 readings, both with accompanying discussion questions.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/25/2017
Analyzing Advertising: A Controversial Ad from Dove
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In this lesson plan, students will investigate a controversial ad from Dove that raised issues about beauty, race, and skin color, as well as consider the role advertising plays in shaping and reflecting societal attitudes.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
12/06/2017
Athletes Protest Racial Inequality: Exploring Views
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In this resource utilizing online resources, tweets, and a video, students will explore the controversy surrounding the NFL protests and examine arguments on both sides. Students will discuss the purpose of the protests and what they mean to the protestors themselves, as well as exploring their own view on the issue.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/18/2017
Be Strong, Be Mean, or Give In?
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This lesson reviews social skills like active listening and assertiveness while respecting others. Children meet situations every day in which they must decide how to balance their own interests in relation to the interests of other people. Like active listening, assertiveness is a stance toward life, a way of being in the world. This lesson is adaptable for younger students.

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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Author:
Morningside Center
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Black History Month: Order V. Justice
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In this lesson plan, students will analyze Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in light of current events in the United States. Students will discuss the case for nonviolent protest and examine the viewpoints of those who see it as ineffective.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/20/2017
The DOJ's Report on Ferguson
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In this lesson plan, students will investigate the US Department of Justice's report on the Ferguson Police Department and consider reforms that would address the injustices described in the report.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/29/2017
Exploration: A Raise for Low-Wage Workers
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In this lesson plan, students will examine the demographics of fast food and other low-wage workers, learn more about the minimum wage, and consider varying viewpoints, including their own.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/29/2017
The Fight for Voting Rights, from Selma in 1965 to Today
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In this lesson plan, students will study the 15th Ammendment and discover why there was still a need to fighrt for voting rights in 1965, as well as compare past efforts to suppress voting to current voter registration restrictions in the United States.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/20/2017
Flint Water Crisis: Environmental Racism at Work?
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In this lesson, students will investigate the concept of environmental racism and whether or not it is at work in Flint, Michigan's water crisis. Two readings include discussion questions and an extension activity.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/29/2017
Freedom Summer in 1964 and Voting Rights Today
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In this lesson plan, students will study the history of the Freedom Summer project and explore the challenges to voting rights in the United States today. Students will explore two readings and answer discussion questions.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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11/27/2017
Hate at an Arkansas Mosque, Part 2: Restoration
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In part 2 of this 2 Part lesson, students will continue to explore what happened after a mosque in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was defaced. Students will discuss the aftermath of the event and participate in both small group and whole class discussion. Handout included.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/18/2017
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King: The Power of Nonviolent Resistance
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Through engaging activities, video, and small-group discussion, students consider the Montgomery Bus Boycott and how they might stand up against injustice in their own lives

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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Author:
Mariekvan Woerkom
Date Added:
06/24/2019
In the News: Strikes and Boycotts
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In this lesson plan, students will analyze a primary source and explore the effectiveness of strikes and boycotts in achieving their objectives. This lesson focuses on the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and the #DeleteUber action and Uber boycott.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/20/2017
Labor Day, Then and Now
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In this lesson plan, students will explore two readings and their accompanying discussion questions in order to understand the history of Labor Day and the Labor Movement's past accomplishments and the current "alt-labor" movement.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/30/2017
Loving v. Virginia: An Anniversary for Interracial Marriage
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In this resource marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, students will read two different resources and then complete and discuss accompanying questions that explore both the background and details of the case that went to the Supreme Court as well as the decision's lasting impact.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/18/2017
MLK Day Activity Organizing to End Poverty, Then and Now
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In this lesson plan, students will explore the Poor People's Campaign and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s fight to end poverty in the US. Students will then consider the current struggles to end poverty in the US, focusing on the efforts of minimum wage workers to be paid a living wage.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/20/2017
NONVIOLENCE: An Assertive Approach to Conflict
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In this lesson plan, students will investigate what escalates and de-escalates conflict, consider nonviolent action as an assertive response to conflict, and learn about Occupy Wall Street's use of nonviolence as a strategy.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
12/05/2017
Nail Salon Workers and the Real Cost of Manicure
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In this lesson plan, students will consider the unsanitary and difficult conditions--often illegal--faced by nail salon employees. Students will explore different points of view on the issue and consider how they view the issue as well.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/29/2017
The Navajo Code Breakers: A Lesson in Historical Empathy
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In this lesson plan, students will learn about Chester Nez, the Navajo code talker who helped the US War effort in World War II. Students will consider the complex relationship between duty and loyalty in the context of discrimination.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/21/2017
Nonviolent Protest and the Beloved Community
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In this lesson plan, students will investigate how love combined with nonviolent action can be a powerful tool in the fight against injustice and working toward what Dr. Martin Luther King referred to as "the beloved community." Students will work in small groups and participate in a class discussion.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/18/2017
Our Food, Their Struggle: Farmworker Organizing
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In this lesson plan, students will explore two different readings to gain insight into U.S. farmworkers, past efforts at farmworker organizing, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers rallying for justice. Questions accompany each reading.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/21/2017
The Politics of Immigration Reform
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In this lesson plan, students will explore how the growing power of Latino voters may spur comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. Students will explore the political and economic ramifications of immigration.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/21/2017
Racial Inequality and the Oscars
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In this lesson, students will explore whether the idea of racial inequality in the film industry. Students will learn about the controversy at the Oscars, identify different viewpoints, take a stand, and support their views.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/29/2017
Respect for All
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Students will participate in activites that teach them to value diversity and respect one another. They start off by recognizing their preferences for "favorite time of the year." This lesson is adaptable for younger students.

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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Author:
Morningside Center
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Should Fast Food Workers Get a Raise?
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In this lesson plan, students will learn about the deompgraphics and experiences of fast food workers and consider how raisng the minimum wage might affect consumers and the economy. This lesson includes two readings with accompanying discussion questions.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
11/29/2017
The Sunni-Shia Conflict
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This resource provides two student readings concerning the Sunni-Shia conflict in Iraq. The first reading describes the growing sectarian violence in Iraq, and the second offers background on the historic split between Sunnis and Shiites.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Date Added:
09/18/2017