Week 23 -- "Empathy, Got some?" -- Grade 9

Week 23 -- "Empathy, Got some?" -- Grade 9

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Empathy, Got some? 

Brief Summary:

This lesson will explore the idea of empathy as it pertains to teens being able to recognize other’s perspectives in the hope of feeling with others,  not for others. First, empathy and relative concepts will be defined, then their significance will be examined, and finally the lesson will conclude with a look at some techniques and practices for teens. 

Shared vocabulary:

  • Altruism
  • Empathy
  • Sympathy
  • Compasion
  • Pity

Key Takeaways:

  • There is a difference between empathy and sympathy
  • Empathy is an important, yet mature emotion needed in the world today
  • Simple ways to practice empathy

Continue the Conversation:

  • Talk to your child and reinforce the use of the correct terms when observing others behavior
  • When discussing current events, inject those terms into the conversation
  • Positively reinforce those showing empathy in their speech, writing, or actions. 

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