“Sympathy, Empathy & Compassion: Poetry for Young People” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication, teacher/author/poet, curriculum developer. It is the third in a series of three Poetry and Oral Communication PDF Collections of writings that develop verbal skills used to ritualize in formal & informal ceremonial situations, express and share senses, attitudes & feelings, give voice to imagination by storytelling & role-playing, inform by speaking & listening, advise, enlighten, and to control by empowering by influencing, convincing, persuading & motivating to actions. Thus, the goal of this series of poems will be to facilitate student speaker’s skills to ritualize, feel, imagine, inform and control by empowering multicultural listeners through the sharing of poetry.
Pages 2-11 contain poems that facilitate the oral communication skills used in “Ritualizing” Ritualizing: is when speakers help maintain verbal and nonverbal social relationships and facilitate interaction between communicators ( i.e., greeting,
introducing, thanking, joking, teasing, taking turns, excusing oneself, stating moral.) The poems are: Page 2 ~ Speaking Up Bravely, Page 3 ~ Fourth of July’s Friendly Graffiti, Page 4 ~ Every Swim Meet Is Mother’s Day, Page 5 ~ Giving Thanks for Overcoming Wrongdoings, Page 6 ~ Sayonara, Samurai, Page 7 ~ Protecting Mother Earth, Page 8 ~ Respect Earth the Every Day!, Page 9 ~ Manual’s Hawaiian Vacation, Page 10 ~ In Her Heart She Heard, Page 11~ Cathy Matthews’ Birthday Wish.
Pages 12-16 contain poems that facilitate the oral communication skills used in “Informing” Informing: is when speakers help maintain verbal and nonverbal social relationships and facilitate interaction between communicators by offering or seeking information when ( teaching, asking, answering, explaining, describing, demonstrating, directing and informing.) The poems are: Page 12 ~ Serving Our City, Page 13 ~ Victor’s Very First Valentine, Page 14 ~ Neighborhood Boy Hit by Speeding Vehicle, Page 15 ~ Mister Nelson Invites Student Interaction, ~ Page 16 ~ Don’t Whine, Just Grin and Bear It.
Pages 17- 22 contain poems that facilitate the use of “Empathy” Empathizing: is when speakers help maintain verbal and nonverbal social relationships and facilitate interaction between communicators by using imagination when ( i.e. storytelling,
role-playing, showing interest, concern, pity, compassion, sympathy and relevance.) The poems are: Page 17 ~ Not Being Cool, Page 18 ~ Questioning the Shaman’s Power, Page 19 ~ How Likable Barry Subdued a Bully, Page 20 ~ Grace and Her Garage Beginning, Page 21 ~ Kenny’s Neglectful Soccer Dad, Page 22 ~ Now, LaTonya Speaks!
Pages 23-27 contain poems that facilitate the use of “Being Persuasive” Being Persuasive is when speakers help maintain verbal and nonverbal social relationships and facilitate interaction between communicators by controlling the behavior of others when ( offering proof, refusing existing conditions, suggesting solutions, giving orders, bargaining for advantage, promoting a solution, advocating for change, warranting relevance and validity of accepting solution.) The poems are: Page 23 ~ Making Healthcare Efficient, Page 24 ~ Michael’s Merry-Go-Round, Page 25 ~ About Our Missing Children, Page 26 ~ Please Don’t Pressure Patricia! And, ends with Page 27 ~ Baseball Head Scratcher.
All in all, English Language Arts, Speech Communication, Drama, History, Civics, Social, Environmental and Ethnic Studies teachers as well as parents, community advocates & organizers can utilize “Sympathy, Empathy & Compassion: Poetry for Young People,” as a role model for teaching young people to read aloud, think, reflect, talk and share feelings about their and other’s everyday emotional situations, ranging from happy to confused to sad, a vital lesson for interacting humanistically.