Comic Strip Conversations - Teaching Empathy

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
CRLS Benchmark 1
Lesson Plan Details
1-2 periods initially - ongoing
Students will learn through drawing, writing and speaking, how to develop empathy. Students will use the App "Show Me" to explain their thoughts, feelings and spoken words and problem-solve after a conflict.
iPad, "Show Me" app

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to have explored the app to know how to use the variety of features it offers. Some of the features that are key to the success of this lesson include: recording voices, multiple pages, writing features and use of colors. 


In this lesson, the teacher will teach students to examine their own thoughts, feelings and spoken words and relate them to their peer's thoughts, feelings and spoken words. The idea is to start with the student's own thoughts, feelings and spoken words and move to adding a peer. Students learn to draw stick figures to represent themselves and they draw clouds for their thoughts, hearts for emotions and talk bubbles to write the words that were exchanged. Once students are able to label their own feelings, thoughts and words, we begin to teach how to relate that information to the exchange between peers. Thus, this lesson is ongoing and begins to teach problem-solving and conflict resolution as their skills develop. Each lesson can be saved and reviewed and used as a tool in sequential events. 


Once students can do the lesson independently (or better yet, with the peer that was part of the conflict) and no longer needs the support of a staff, I know the objective is met. There is no formal rubric or grading scale. 

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2D. Contribute to project teams. Produce original works or solve problems in a team setting.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4A. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
4D. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
Digital Citizenship: 
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Career Related Learning Standards
CR3C Give and receive feedback in a positive manner.
CR4A. Identify different types of teams and roles within each type of team; describe why each role is important to effective teamwork.