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Developing Empathy Through Retold Fairy Tales

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The ability to feel and display empathy is essential to the emotional and social development of young people. Empathy helps students connect to others, respond with kindness and thoughtfulness and gives them a broader perspective on humankind. It’s also an effective tool against bullying, prejudice and injustice, and in breaking down stereotypes.

Teaching empathy is becoming more and more important in an overly connected yet still disconnected culture. In this lesson, students explore the meaning of empathy by watching a video highlighting how a Native American saying, “walk a mile in someone else’s moccasins” relates to this ability. Students examine a well-known fairy tale, “Cinderella,” to try to “walk a mile” in the shoes of each character. LESSON:


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