Lesson Plan

Relating with Empathy

Being able to step into another's shoes can support healthy relationships and compassionate young people! Students will be able to define the word "empathy." They will discuss different scenarios and perform skits that illustrate empathy.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define the word "empathy" and discuss ways to positively relate to others and exhibit understanding and empathy.


(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Pair students up into partners.
  • Explain that today the class will be discussing how we can relate with others.
  • Pass out whiteboards and whiteboard markers.
  • Project the first scenario from the Empathy Scenarios worksheet on the board.
  • Read the first scenario out loud.
  • Read the question and ask student partners to discuss how they would feel or relate to the person in the story.
  • Give pairs two minutes to discuss.
  • Ask students to write down their feelings and what they discussed on their whiteboard.
  • Ask for 2–3 groups to share their thoughts and what they wrote on their whiteboard.
  • Project the next three scenarios and move through the same sequence of events (read the scenario and questions, give students time to discuss, write, and share).