Empathy is a Choice.
This challenging article from the NY Times about the importance and ability we as humans have to choose empathy, would be great for an Extended HC to read as a class and make notes in the margins. Students can practice their text marking skills as well!
A Letter to Middle Schoolers
Four Little Girls
On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church as church members prepared for Sunday services. The racially motivated attack killed four young girls and shocked the nation.
What should someone feel like when they attend a church?
How can we empathize with the people who attended that church?
Scientifically Wired for Empathy
Have you ever heard of 'mirror neurons'? Well I hadn't, but essentially they prove that humans are hard wired, physically, to empathize with one another. Read more to learn how these neat little buddies work!