New York Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How much do your students know about New York? With this lesson plan, you will find a text lesson to help present the facts, an activity that allows students to dig deeper, and a quiz to measure comprehension. Related lessons and extensions provide the option of further instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline key facts about New York and its history
  • identify New York on a world globe
  • distinguish between New York City and New York state
  • talk about one city or town in New York in detail


1.5 to 2.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.


Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.


  • A world globe
  • Detailed map of New York state
  • Photocopies of the quiz
  • Access to the internet for research


  • Begin by asking the students to raise their hands if they have visited New York. Allow those who raised their hands to share details about their visits to this state.
  • Now have students read the introduction and 'New York: More Than A City' sections of the text lesson New York Facts: Lesson for Kids.
  • Ask students for a volunteer and have the class support that volunteer as s/he points to New York on a world globe.
  • Ask students to read the rest of the text lesson now.

Discussion Questions

  • What are the differences between New York City and New York state?
  • Why is New York so significant in America's history?

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