Empathy - 3
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- 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?
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.
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.
- Student Activity Sheet A
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.
Have students write Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B.
In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating empathy appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.
- Script sheet for each group
- Pencil for each student
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.
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