Empathy - 3

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Teachers

Definition: Empathy is the ability to understand and share feelings of another person. Empathy means you try to understand how someone is feeling and you try to see a situation from their point of view.

Discussion Points

  • Have you ever been hurt by a friend or family member and wished they understood how you felt?
  • How does it make you feel when you’re laughing and other people are laughing with you? Now think about how it would make you feel if they weren’t laughing with you.
  • Have you ever heard the expression “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes?” What do you think this phrase means?
  • What do you think is the difference between sympathy and empathy? Are they the same, different or similar?

Activity 1: Feeling Sad and Hurt

Brainstorm with students a variety of situations that make them feel sad and hurt. Record responses on the board. Discuss with them how they expect others to feel or act towards them when they feel sad. What helps them? What makes them feel sadder?

Using these situations, partner students together and role play ways to show empathy when a peer feels sad.

Materials Needed:
  • Chalkboard

Activity 2: Being Empathetic

Give students the prompt below and have them answer Student Activity Sheet A.

Think of time when a friend or family member hurt your feelings. Did you wish they understood how you felt? We are being empathetic, when we try and relate to something someone else is going through.

Now think of a time when you might have hurt a friend or family member. Write about how they might have felt and what you could have done to be more empathtic.

Materials Needed:
  • Chalkboard
  • Student Activity Sheet A

Activity 3: Showing You Care

We all come from different backgrounds and different experiences. Because of this it makes it difficult at times to empathize with someone when you don’t share their same feelings.

Brainstorm/discuss with students what you can do when it’s difficult to understand and empathize with another individual.

Have the students complete Student Activity Sheet B.

Materials Needed:
  • Chalkboard

Have students write Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B.

Script Writing and Animation

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating empathy appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script of demonstrating empathy inappropriately:
Silas: Hey Chris, we’re all going to jump into the waves are you coming?
Chris: (Scared Look) Ummm…
Silas: Chris!!!...ugh forget it! I wonder what his problem is.
Chris: I don’t know how to swim.
Silas: Really, that’s weird. Everyone knows how to swim in our grade, you should’ve learned by now.”


Example script demonstrating empathy appropriately:
Silas: Hey Chris, we’re all going to jump into the waves are you coming?
Chris: (Scared Look) Ummm…
Silas: (Says to himself) “Hm, I wonder if he knows how to swim or is afraid of big waves."
Silas: Hey Chris, are you ok, is there something wrong?
Chris: I never learned how to swim, my mother couldn’t afford swim lessons. And I’m afraid of the waves.
Silas: Well it’s ok, I’m afraid of the monkey bars and I know you’re really good at those.
Chris: Yeah, I am. I didn’t know you were afraid of the monkey bars.
Silas: You know what, I don’t have to swim now. Why don’t we go play on the playground.
Chris: Sounds good. Thank you!

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Answer the question below.

Think of time when a friend or family member hurt your feelings. Did you wish they understood how you felt? We are being empathetic, when we try and relate to something somone else is going through.

Now think of a time when you might have hurt a friend or family member. Write about how they might have felt and what you could have done to be more empathtic.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Think about a situation where a fellow student, friend or family member would need someone to empathize with them. Write about the situation and discuss three things you could do to empathize with them.