There are a series of articles arguing for and against the use of empathy to make judgments in this resource. David Brooks wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, “The Limits of Empath,” which Common Lit, a free teaching source created multiple choice questions, a short response, and discussion questions supporting Brooks' op-ed that teachers can access. Paul Bloom and Jamil Zaki wrote opposing views on empathy for the New York Times Room for Debate in late 2016 that is used for Socratic Seminar and argument writing.
A TED TALK on empathy and an RSA animated video on empathy is also used in this resource, as well as a segment on empathy from Sesame Street.
There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. An original argument prompt on based on a Paul Bloom quote is featured. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for qualifying an argument.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, empathy, American Literature, argument