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The Protestor: Time Magazine's 2011 Person of the Year
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Lesson Objectives: To help students understand why Time magazine chose The Protester ...

Lesson Objectives: To help students understand why Time magazine chose The Protester as their 2011 Person of the Year. To help students understand how and why the worldwide protests took place during 2011, and their interconnectedness and distinctiveness. To help students understand the role of social media in the protests. To help students reflect on who "has done the most to influence the events of the year". To help students reflect on the meaning of democracy.

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Political Science
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Jinnie Spiegler
2012 Election Issues: Democracy & the Citizens United Case
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Students will: share their associations with the term "democracy"; come up with ...

Students will: share their associations with the term "democracy"; come up with a working definition for democracy; consider other forms of government besides democracy by discussing a Winston Churchill quote; watch and discuss in small groups an animated short on the history of the Supreme Court case of Citizens United versus FEC; for homework, research the liberal and conservative perspectives on Citizens United versus FEC; for the next lesson, participate in a dialogue with one half of students presenting the liberal perspective and the other half presenting the conservative perspective.

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U.S. History
Political Science
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Marieke van Woerkom
9/11 Anniversary Teaching Guide
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Our age-appropriate classroom lessons and activities for grades K-12 aim to deepen ...

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

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U.S. History
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After Newtown: National Rifle Association Vs. Gun Control
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In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, students ...

In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, students learn about and discuss renewed calls for gun control and the National Rifle Association's history of successfully resisting such reforms.

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U.S. History
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Mark Engler
Band of Brothers
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Natural disasters require communities to work together. Students will: come up with ...

Natural disasters require communities to work together. Students will: come up with a definition of community and discuss the different the communities they are a part of; talk about a time they have helped someone in their community and why; watch a video clip of a group of young boys helping their community in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami; discuss what it feels like to help people and how it feels to receive help; discuss a time the students worked together to achieve a goal; come up with ideas of how to help people who are affected by natural disasters.

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Marieke van Woerkom
The Boycott, Then and Now
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The boycott is one of the most powerful, time-tested tactics that social ...

The boycott is one of the most powerful, time-tested tactics that social movements have at their disposal. History offers many examples of people joining together to exercise their power as consumers in support of movements for social justice, civil rights, and workers' rights. By calling for people to not spend their money on a target good or service, boycotts can aid these movements by drawing on a wider base of supporters who would otherwise be unable to participate.

This lesson examines the historical development of the boycott as a tactic - with examples of its use by both progressives and conservatives - and looks at some recent boycotts that are related to hot-button political issues.

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Sociology
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Mark Engler
Challenging the Boy Scouts of America's Anti-Gay Policy
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Student readings examine the Boy Scouts of America‰ŰŞs policy of excluding gays, ...

Student readings examine the Boy Scouts of America‰ŰŞs policy of excluding gays, as well as efforts by scouts themselves to challenge discrimination from both inside and outside the organization.

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Sociology
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Mark Engler
Climate Change Showdown: Keystone XL Pipeline
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Environmentalists passionately opposed to a giant pipeline that would transport crude oil ...

Environmentalists passionately opposed to a giant pipeline that would transport crude oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf coast are going head-to-head with proponents of the project. Students explore the controversy surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline and the strategic questions it raises for environmentalists.

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Mark Engler
Columbus and the Clash of Cultures
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In small groups and class discussion, students share knowledge about Christopher Columbus ...

In small groups and class discussion, students share knowledge about Christopher Columbus and his voyages, learn about the impact of Columbus, and consider some ecological and political results of the encounter.

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Maxine Phillips
Coming Out: Jason Collins
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NBA player Jason Collins recently became the first openly gay athlete in ...

NBA player Jason Collins recently became the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport. In this activity, students read some of Collins' coming out statement, discuss it, and then consider their views on the impact coming out can have, both personally and for society.

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Jinnie Spiegler
Considering President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin Case
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This activity aims to facilitate classroom discussion of President Obama's remarks on ...

This activity aims to facilitate classroom discussion of President Obama's remarks on July 19 about race and the Trayvon Martin case.

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Law
Political Science
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Cut Social Security? Ask a Senior
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President Obama's recent proposal to cut Social Security's cost-of-living increases is part ...

President Obama's recent proposal to cut Social Security's cost-of-living increases is part of a major national debate, but one that many students know little about. In this activity, students find out about Social Security by interviewing a senior family member or friend about it, and through reading and small and large-group discussion.

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Author:
Laura McClure
Death Penalty: What Is It? What Do We Think About It?
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In late September 2011, the death penalty dominated news headlines. The stories ...

In late September 2011, the death penalty dominated news headlines. The stories mostly revolved around the case of Troy Davis, a 42-year old African American man who was convicted of killing a white off-duty police officer in Savannah, Georgia, over 20 years ago. Protests against the death penalty were held across the US and the debate over his guilt captured the attention of thousands internationally as well. Over the years Troy Davis's case has helped fuel the global movement to end the death penalty. After three earlier stays of execution, Troy Davis lost a clemency vote taken by the Georgia Parole Board on September 20, 2011. The following day, he was put to death by lethal injection.

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Marieke van Woerkomspan
Developing Our 'Green Intelligence' on Fossil Fuels
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Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, believes that environmental awareness and action ...

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, believes that environmental awareness and action are the next frontier in the field of social and emotional learning. Goleman calls this environmental awareness 'green intelligence'. In this lesson students will develop their green awareness by considering American consumption of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas; learning about new methods of extracting these fuels; and discussing their pros & cons.

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Environmental Science
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Marieke van Woerkom
Does America Really Have a Budget Crisis?
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This lesson is designed to get students to think critically about hot-button ...

This lesson is designed to get students to think critically about hot-button issues such as the "fiscal cliff," "sequestration," and the ongoing debate about the US budget. Two student readings examine the general debate about the budget and the human impact of budget cuts and sequestration. Questions for discussion follow each reading.

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Economics
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
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Mark Engler
Drone Warfare and Obama's 'Kill List'
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Late in the spring of 2012, the New York Times revealed the ...

Late in the spring of 2012, the New York Times revealed the existence of a secret "kill list" of suspected terrorists compiled by President Obama and his counterterrorism advisors. The Times reported that the president personally reviews and approves individuals targeted for assassination. This revelation opened a broad discussion about the legality and morality of having a secretive program of extrajudicial assassination managed by the White House. Furthermore, it has shined a light on the increasing use by the U.S. military of unmanned drone strikes as a preferred method for continuing the "war on terror" in the Middle East and Asia.

This lesson includes two student readings. The first reading explores revelations of President Obama's program of extrajudicial assassination - particularly the controversial "kill list" - and discusses the morality and legality of the White House's actions. The second reading provides further background on drones and drone warfare, and discusses arguments both opposing and in favor of it.

Questions for student discussion follow each reading.

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Political Science
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
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Mark Engler
Fast Food Forward
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A one-day strike by fast food workers in New York City is ...

A one-day strike by fast food workers in New York City is a teachable moment for students on the fast food industry and worker organizing. This lesson includes a brainstorm, small-group readings and discussion, and an opinion continuum activity to get students thinking about these issues.

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Economics
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
Author:
Laura McClure
Getting to Know You
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These activities will help you get the year off to a good ...

These activities will help you get the year off to a good start by engaging you and your students in getting to know each other, practicing listening skills, and discussing the values that will shape your classroom community. There are separate sets of activities for grades Pre-K to 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 to 12. They are adapted from exercises in our Resolving Conflict Creatively Program and our 4Rs Program (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution).

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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Author:
Tom Roderick