Empathy Teacher Resources
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New Review We've All Been There
What does empathy look like? Encourage your pupils to put themselves in another person's shoes with several writing and discussion activities that relate to a featured short film. Over the course of the lesson, individuals collaborate with others, discuss the theme, write short stories, and view and respond to the film.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Indian Camp": Empathy, Ethics, Ethnicity
Class members have an opportunity to develop empathy as they assume the identity of one of the characters in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Indian Camp." They write about one event in the story from the point of view and in the voice of their character, craft an extension to the story in Hemingway's voice, and research the writer's life to find parallels between Hemingway's life and the events in the story.
9th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Developing Empathy and Building Friendships
This bullying prevention lesson addresses the meaning of empathy, feelings of being excluded, and friendship-building skills. While it is designated for 8th grade, some of the materials seem appropriate for 6th or 7th grade. The lesson includes a brainstorming activity, an inclusion/exclusion exercise, small group and whole class discussion.
6th - 8th Health 23 Views 145 Downloads
Lesson: Skin Fruit: Ideas of Empathy in Janine Antoni's Work
Kids get artistic as they explore the impact of art materials, sculpture, and performance. They discuss the work of Janine Antoni and then create a performance piece that reflects social or global issues they feel strongly about. The end result should be an empathetic, thoughtful, and highly engaging experience for the entire class.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 9 Downloads
Working Together to Prevent Bullying: We All Want to Feel Included
Help learners understand the impact of bullying and express empathy. Pupils re-arrange jumbled poems about bullying in small groups and discuss these poems with the class. Hold a discussion about empathy and friendship to encourage students to be accepting of everyone at school.
7th Health 6 Views 41 Downloads
Students practice problem solving skills by asking questions and participating in a design challenge. In this asking questions lesson, students work in pairs to ask questions to design a solution for a difficult personal problem. Students use empathy to design a challenge activity where they research a problem in a specific country.
11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 15 Views 45 Downloads
New Review Create a Safe Antibullying Environment in the Classroom
Helping children understand their own feelings and reactions is the first step toward building empathy and combating bullying behaviors. Using cards with characters and relevant questions on them, conduct a group discussion about feelings. Learners draw what they think certain feelings look like.
Pre-K - 2nd Social Studies & History 9 Views 5 Downloads
Listening to Other Voices
Students develop empathy through writing. In this writing skills lesson, students read the listed poems and then respond to analysis questions about them. Students write poetry responses of the characters in the poems they read. The poetry should incorporate figurative language and voice.
10th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 57 Downloads
Students discuss cyberbullying and how they can defend their friends that may be bullied online and offline. In this sociology lesson, students discover the value in showing empathy for those who have been cyberbullied. As a class, students generate multiple solutions for helping others when cyberbullying occurs.
6th - 8th 21st Century Skills 14 Views 32 Downloads CCSS: Designed
What’s your Name?
Youngsters work to build empathy, cultural understanding, and a sense of self as they uncover the story behind their own names. They read the book, The Name Jar, discuss immigration and how it feels to be in a new place. Then, they interview their parents, as to how their names were chosen.
2nd - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 10 Downloads
Valuing Different Views: Taking a Stand on Media Violence
Students recognize the value of multiple perspectives and differences of opinion. They build empathy and open-mindedness for other points of view. They study the complexity of social and cultural issues such as violence in media.
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 17 Downloads
What's Missing? Making Room for Multiple Perspectives
Learners identify missing characters from a text, particularly a school text. They increase critical thinking by supplying missing perspectives in a text an build empathy through surveying different points of view. They reflect on the plot and setting of the story and determine people who could have been at that setting and in this plot but are not mentioned in the stor as we have it.
5th - 8th Language Arts 6 Views 31 Downloads
Tia and Marco
The documentary film, Tia and Marco, is used to stimulate a conversation about illegal immigration, stereotyping, and prejudice. The point of view of the film and the exercises is that empathy is the key to combating discrimination.
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 9 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Engage your pupils in short story and short film. Using a still from the film as inspiration, pairs compose short stories, which they later share and compare with other members of the class. They then watch the film and respond to a series of questions about the film in small groups.
9th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Empathy and Art
Students watch an episode of the PBS show "Maya and Miguel" and examine how to express empathy with someone who has a disability. They discuss the episode, and create an art project using one hand only, or paint an object blindfolded and discuss how it feels to create art in this different way.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads