Week 22 -- "What Can I Do? Developing Global Empathy" -- Grade 11
What Can I Do? Developing Global Empathy
Brief Summary: In this lesson, students will learn ways to show empathy and compassion for others on a global scale and the importance of nurturing human connections. In the first part, they will explore what it means to show empathy and why it is important. In the second part, they will explore some of the biggest issues facing other countries and cultures. Last, they will be shown ways that they can develop compassion and empathy and use it to help others.
If a student asks a question or shares information that you don’t have the answers to or know how to respond to, take the following steps:
- Stay calm.
- Validate what the student said and how brave they were to share.
- Let them know that you want to help in any way possible while protecting their privacy.
- If the response indicates an emergency, get help immediately.
- If the response does not indicate an emergency, get help as soon as class is over.
- Students will define empathy and how it is a helpful and positive trait.
- Students will identify empathy in themselves and others in relation to global events.
- Students will identify strategies they can use to develop empathy and compassion in themselves.
- Empathy- the ability to understand and share feelings with another human being.
- Compassion- sympathetic concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
- Global empathy- the ability to understand and share the feelings of those in other locations and countries around the world.
- Students typically develop empathy and compassion for issues in their immediate family and friends first, then their school, community, country and finally globally.
- Many students will struggle with understanding why they should care about issues or people in other countries. These impacts usually center around an impact on resources.
- Students can develop empathy and compassion by learning to recognize emotions and relating to other people. Compassion can be developed by noting commonalities, practicing relief of suffering, and practicing kindness.
Continue the Conversation:
- The connectivity between thinking-feeling-doing:
- How can we connect what we think about the content we just reviewed to how we are feeling?
- What actions can you take to apply this information in a meaningful way?
- Self, Others, World:
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help yourself?
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help your friends and family?
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help other people you may encounter?
- Why does empathy matter?
- How can we show more empathy and compassion toward others?
Additional activities/resources/suggested reading: