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Are you wanting to create and foster a classroom culture of respect where every student feels accepted, validated, and safe? Start with empathy! This lesson is the perfect activity to help break down barriers that divide students and begin to build a positive classroom environment.
Aligned with Common Core standards, this lesson allows students to practice annotation and critical thinking skills while learning about the power of empathy. This lesson could be taught at the beginning of a school year or to launch the study of a novel like To Kill a Mockingbird that focuses on the concept of empathy.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.