Title

Using Fiction Literature to Increase Empathy in High School Students

Date

6-1-2017 6:45 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 7:45 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Melanie Landon-Hays

Session Chair

Xiaopeng Gong

Session Title

MAT poster Sessions

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Alicia Wenzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Research shows that empathetic adolescents are more empathetic in adulthood, report better communications skills, better relationships, and more positive social behaviors. While most high schools are unified by academic standards, developing positive social-emotional skills and empathy are also common goals. Thus, the question begs: How can fiction texts be used in a high school English language arts class to cultivate and strengthen students’ empathy? To address this question, a standards-based E/LA curriculum was designed to help students to explore, analyze, and learn effective ways to deal with different perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors through the use of purposefully selected fiction.

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Jun 1st, 6:45 PM Jun 1st, 7:45 PM

Using Fiction Literature to Increase Empathy in High School Students

WUC Pacific Room

Research shows that empathetic adolescents are more empathetic in adulthood, report better communications skills, better relationships, and more positive social behaviors. While most high schools are unified by academic standards, developing positive social-emotional skills and empathy are also common goals. Thus, the question begs: How can fiction texts be used in a high school English language arts class to cultivate and strengthen students’ empathy? To address this question, a standards-based E/LA curriculum was designed to help students to explore, analyze, and learn effective ways to deal with different perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors through the use of purposefully selected fiction.