Welcome to this presentation over Teaching Compassion through Literature.
If you have any questions about my sources you can locate them here or ask me after this presentation.
It is important to not only know about the materials that are available out there, but to also know where to look for additional information.
This is a really neat free site which teachers can use to look up information about any particular topic or category. Students can also create accounts and keep track of the books they read or would like to read. It was created by professional book reviewers and librarians. This is a free Web site which was created by Barb Langridge. She recommends and reviews books for the Baltimore NBC program Books Alive (Langridge, “Meet”). This site was created to help parents and teachers connect books with children and young adults. The site features a search engine which can locate books based on a topic, keyword, title, author, and grade. Individual students and teachers can create accounts to help keep track of the books they read. (Langridge, “About”) . Reviews within the site were created by a team of librarians and currently there are over 6000 reviewed books (Langridge, “Thanks”).
This is a very comprehensive database with a wealth of information. The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database is a subscription based powerhouse of information featuring children and young adult books. It can be used to locate books based on a topic, keyword, author, title, and grade level. The books listed in the database have been professionally reviewed by various reviewers and compiled in one easy to use Web site. The goal of this database is to help parents and instructors make “appropriate literary choices for children” (“About Us.”).
This is a great resource and wonderful source of information. This is actually the source I used to locate most of the books listed in this project. If you have any sort of question about library science just post it and you’re sure to receive at least half a dozen replies.
Although the grant application deadline has ended, this site offers several videos and ideas on how to create groups and projects to promote compassion. References to literature which promotes compassion can also be found within this site. http:// ppo.ala.org/commonground/galleries
Why should we care if our students are compassionate?
When we feel compassion for another person for whatever reason we are kinder. This means we will not feel the need to bully.
Compassion helps students focus on somebody besides themselves.
Choosing books which help students see another point of view is a great way to help teach compassion.
When students understand others they will feel more compelled to make a difference. This difference could be through community service or through the written word, such as poetry.
We can help our students empathize with people of disabilities, abuse survivors, racial differences, people who may seem different from us, and even animals. We can even help our students learn self-compassion. The books listed in the following slides will span across several grades. Most of the literature is geared toward Middle and High School; however, pictures books are a great way to introduce a concept and build engagement. I also took time to choose some books which would be more appropriate for students who may not have yet reached the middle or high school reading level.
Read the article, check out the corresponding Web sites, discuss the elements of compassion, and help your students with their prereading skills by encouraging them to begin thinking about compassion. http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/lesson-plans/compassion-and-kindness/
Once again, even though we are working with middle and high school students doesn’t mean we are limited to books for teens. Picture books and easy readers can be promoted to help special needs students who require easier reading materials. Also, picture books are perfect for putting a picture with the concept. Plus, being read aloud to from a short story can sometimes shake things up and promote engagement. We need to keep an open mind about the reading level and genres of books to use while teaching compassion. Our special needs students may require books which are below their grade level. Also, using picture books can help student visualize a concept and draw in interest. People of all ages love to be read to and the use of a picture book can help build excitement which will increase engagement.
Through books we can help students better understand what the other person feels when they are bullied. Students should not only be encouraged to read the text, but also discuss the topic and share stories.
Teach about the cruelty of slavery and human trafficking in relation to those who are seeking a better life for themselves and their families.
Combine these stories with the Kansas City Star’s Human Trafficking 5 day series. http://www.kansascity.com/trafficking
When we use books to learn about people who are different, we bond with those people and learn that we really are not that different.
What would it be like to not have control of a certain part of your body? What would it be like to know you look different and there isn’t a thing you can do about that? Help students understand and have compassion for those who are younger and weaker physically, but strong in every other way.
The Anti-Defamation League offers a lesson plan to help students understand the history and importance of the Disability Rights Movements. Your students probably have heard of the Civil Rights Movement, but what about this movement? Check it out at: http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/fall_2005/fall_lesson_5_2005.asp?cc_section=lesson_5
The use of picture books is a great way to help students visualize and build compassion for people with disabilities.
When we think about teaching students about compassion what we may forget is how we as librarians can also impact educators. During my search for books that teach compassion I was contacted by a Library Media Specialist who explained that she recommended a book to an educator and upon returning the book explained that she now better understood some of her students. Within her message she also said, “When I read (a) book my thoughts also went through my memory of the students who I had come across, and not only how I reacted to them but also how my own students saw my reactions to their words and behaviors. Through the years I have seen how students tend to emulate the way you treat these students, especially when you are the classroom teacher.” “So often we lose patience or are ill-equipped to handle certain behaviors, and out of ignorance we sometimes say and do the wrong things as noted in the story” (Johnson). Using literature to teach compassion is not only appropriate for the student, but also for the adult. I am no exception.
Jack Gantos author of the Joey Pigza series provides students with a view into the mind of somebody who was once considered a “slow reader” and despite his learning disability he was able to overcome and become an author (Jack).
Give your students the gift of compassion by helping them understand that people of all backgrounds struggle in some way. If you struggled or were labeled then share this, you may not realize until later how your strength through adversity can inspire others. As somebody who was labeled a “slow reader” during my early years, I know it would have been wonderful to know that I wasn’t alone. Your students with special needs want to know they are normal.
Abuse can occur to any child. Many who live through the horrors of daily fear will never openly speak about what is happening behind closed doors. Through literature we can help these victims become survivors and eventually thrivers. We can also help other students feel compassion and build patience for their abused friends so they can also help with the healing process.
Whatever the topic, encourage your students to write to the author when a book deeply touches them. The process of writing will not only solidify the concept that they have learned, but the encouragement received is priceless to the author.
Compassion can be extended to not only our fellow man, but also to the other inhabitants we share this planet with.
Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication. It helps catch students’ attention and captures their imaginations. Students who are engaged will learn more. The use of writing will also help solidify the learning process while helping students work through their understanding of what compassion means to them (Manzo 244).
No two people are the same. We each are products of our upbringing, past experiences, and physical abilities. Empathy occurs when we can feel the needs and emotions of another person who is facing real or perceived difficulties. Empathy is compassion. Through books we can help students become empathetic toward situations which all too often are out of our control.
Volunteering helps others, it gives the volunteer a warm and fuzzy feeling, and it provides training opportunities for the workplace. United We Stand is a government run Web site which helps connect people to volunteer opportunities within their own communities. Encourage students to help serve the community by either working with an already established service group or encourage your students to create their own service projects. For those students who need an external incentive because intrinsically they do not understand the value of volunteerism, have them read the New York Times article “Volunteering Rises on the Resume” (Leland). Hold a discussion group about the many valuable facets of volunteerism.
Remember by helping our students become compassionate and empathetic towards people who are different, we are helping to make the world a better place.
Ultimately we want books to help our students feel good about themselves and the world around them. Involve students in the book selection, help them connect to characters they can relate to, and develop book groups so students can explore their feelings in relation to what they are reading. In this way we can help students feel more confident, feel engaged, and ultimately “bridge the gap between their readings and personal application to their own lives” (Sullivan).
In 2010 I wrote a commentary for the Kansas City Star’s blog. It took a monumental amount of strength to write the piece. However, it was through the books, articles, and poems that I’ve read which shaped and strengthened me so that I could face some ugly truths about myself. When I wrote the piece, “Survivor”, I did so as the interviewer. Thankfully the editorial staff of the Star was understanding and allowed me the liberty to write the piece from a safe distance. I’ve recently reread that piece and cringed at my sloppy style; hopefully my writing skills have improved since then. However, through writing and publishing that piece, I took one step closer to self-compassion and healing (Jackson). Presenting students with books about compassion will not be enough. We too must take it a step further and help students write, think, create, and express what compassion means to them. We must also encourage students to always strive to do their best and point out their strengths more than their weaknesses. For example, once Barb Shelly, editorial writer for The Star, mentioned that my commentary pieces were very good; since then I have tried to hone in on that writing style. She made an impact on me. Similarly, we too can positively influence others through our compassionate words as well as the literature we present. I want to thank the librarians and educators and friends who contributed book ideas for this project. To LM_NET and the great brain, I am eternally grateful for your help. With each project I am closer to my dream of librarianship as well as self-discovery, self-compassion, and self-healing. Keep Reading! Keep Writing! Keep Learning!
Teaching compassion through literature
Teaching Compassion through Literature For the Middle and High School Student Final Topic Presentation Maggie Jackson 7 December 2011
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Works Cited Continued <ul><li>---. “Thanks to all the great librarians who are making ABookandaHug a tool used round the </li></ul><ul><li>world!” Message to LM_NET. 26 Nov. 2011. E-mail. < http://listserv.syr.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind1111&L=LM_NET&P=R92050&1=LM_NET&9 =A&I=-3&J= on&d =No+Match%3BMatch%3BMatches&z=4 >. </li></ul><ul><li>Leland, John. “Volunteering Rises on the Resume.” New York Times 2 Nov. 2011: F12. Web. 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Dec. 2011. < http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/giving/volunteer-work-gains-stature-on-a- resume.html?pagewanted =all >. </li></ul><ul><li>Manzo, Ula C., Anthony V. Manzo, and Matthew M. Thomas. Content Area Literacy: A </li></ul><ul><li>Framework for Reading-Based Instruction. 5th ed. Hoboken: Wiley & Sons, 2009. Print </li></ul><ul><li>Ollerenshaw, Jo Anne, and Ruth Lowery. “Storytelling: Eight Steps that Help You Engage Your </li></ul><ul><li>Students.” Voices From the Middle 14.1 (2006): 30-37. ProQuest. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Rainfield, Cheryl. “Re: teaching compassion through literature.” Message to Maggie Jackson. 20 </li></ul><ul><li>Nov. 2011. Email. </li></ul><ul><li>Stolarski, Ellen, et al. “RE: Teaching compassion through literature.” Message to Maggie </li></ul><ul><li>Jackson. 20 Nov. 2011. Email. </li></ul><ul><li>Sullivan, Amie K, and Harold R. Strang. “Bibliotherapy in the Classroom.” Childhood </li></ul><ul><li>Education 79.2 (2002/2003): 74-80. ProQuest . Web. 6 Dec. 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Top 10: Books That Teach Kids Compassion (ages 2-14) Updated4.” Pragmaticmom.com . </li></ul><ul><li>Pragmatic Mom. 1 Feb. 2011. Web. 30 Nov. 2011. < http:// www.pragmaticmom.com/?p =4481 >. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Welcome to LM_NET!” LM_NET Home . Wordpress, 15 Sept. 2008. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>< http://lmnet.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/test-post/ >. </li></ul><ul><li>Wilson, Angene. “Compassion and Kindness.” National Peace Corps Association. National </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Corps Association, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. < http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/lesson-plans/compassion-and-kindness/ >. </li></ul><ul><li>Zschunke, Ellen “Empathy/Compassion.” Message to Maggie Jackson. 20 Nov. 2011. Email. </li></ul>
Dyer, Jane. Get Carried Away…Read. n.d. Children’s Book Council. ABookandAHug.com. Web. 2 Dec. 2011. < http:// abookandahug.com/images/banners/getcarriedaway.jpg >. <ul><li>A Book and a Hug </li></ul><ul><li>Free Database with over 6000 book listings complete with professional reviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Created to connect books with children and young adults. </li></ul>
“ Home_logo.gif. n.d. Children’s Literature. Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. Web. 3 Dec. 2011. < http:// www.childrenslit.com/images/home_logo.gif >. <ul><li>Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database is a subscription database listing thousands of books for children and young adults. </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of this site is to help instructors make “appropriate literary choices for children” (About Us). </li></ul>
“ Lmnet.jpg.” n.d. LM_NET Archives. LM_NET. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. < http://lmnet-archive.iis.syr.edu/lmnet.jpg >. <ul><li>LM_NET is a free discussion group which provides an opportunity for school librarians to stay connected, share ideas, and seek advice with other librarians (“Welcome”). </li></ul>
American Library Association working with the Fetzer Institute has created a campaign to promote compassion. “ bcg-header.jpg?1316105393.” n.d. ppo.ala.org/commonground. ALA. Web. 6 Dec. 2011. < http://ppo.ala.org/commonground/images/bcg-header.jpg?1316105393 >.
What is Compassion and Why is this Concept Important to Learn and Teach?
Compassion is the “deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it” . “ Bully Free Graffiti Art.” n.d. NCPC.org. National Crime Prevention Council. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. < http://www.ncpc.org/resources/enhancement-assets/clipart-and-stock-art/iStock-000008640151XSmall.jpg/image_view_fullscreen >. ---The American Heritage Dictionary
“ Kids_Clip_Art.jpg.” n.d. “Learning From Our Children.” Daily Spiritual Tools. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. < http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xFy3DUJZYOg/TPR3Lri5yVI/AAAAAAAAAWA/zJQanMxlLbg/s1600/kids_clip_art.jpg >. <ul><li>Teaching compassion through literature helps students develop empathy, and express their own feelings without destroying others who may be different (Beers). </li></ul>
“ Books-clip-art-7.jpg.” n.d. Dance With Truth. Wordpress.com. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. < http://dancewithtruth.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/books-clip-art-7.jpg >. <ul><li>Literature which helps students understand others and the world around them also helps students understand social justice (Glasgow). </li></ul>
“ Multicolored-people-clipart.jpg.” n.d. Campus Ministry. The College of St. Scholastica. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. < http://www.css.edu/Images/multicolored-people-clipart.jpg >. <ul><li>Students who learn social justice through compassion will also learn how to make a difference in their own communities (Glasgow). </li></ul>
Learning How to be Compassionate Can Encompass a Variety of Situations.
Multiple Literacies Approach <ul><li>The Peace Corps has developed a compassion lesson plan based on an article in the Worldview ( Wilson). </li></ul>“ Compassion and Kindness.” 2010. National Peace Corps Association. National Peace Corps Association. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. < http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/13359WVc1-131x175.jpg >.
Lane, Rev. C. “A Pile of Books.” 1901. Educational Technology Clearinghouse. Illustrated Notes on English Church History. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. < http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/54200/54238/54238_book_pile.htm >. <ul><li>Traditional learning through books is also a great way to help promote compassion. </li></ul><ul><li>All types of genres of books for all ages can be used. </li></ul><ul><li>As long as they convey the same mission… </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding others. </li></ul>
Anti-Bullying <ul><li>Learn about the damage gossip can cause by reading… </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Peabody’s Apples </li></ul><ul><li>by Madonna </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Loren Long </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Book, K-2 Grade </li></ul>“ 103420231.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/103420000/103420231.jpg >. “ 103979770.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/103970000/103979770.jpg >. Help prevent bullying by reading… Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity and Put-Downs by Sandra McLeod Humphrey Nonfiction, Grades 5-12
Cultural and Racial Differences <ul><li>Learn about the cruelty of slavery </li></ul><ul><li>Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 6-12 </li></ul>“ 103218073.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/103210000/103218073.jpg >. Teach compassion for those who are sold and abused Sold by Patricia McCormick Grades 6-12 “ 102597438.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/102590000/102597438.jpg >. “ 102580609.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/102580000/102580609.jpg >. Learn about why some people cross borders illegally Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez Grades 6-12
Myers, Keith. “Human Trafficking in America: A Star Series: Day 3.” 2009. Kansascity.com. The Kansas City Star. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. < http://www.kansascity.com/2009/12/14/1630987/hostage-house-part-3-family-link.html >. <ul><li>Then connect your students to the devastating effects of human inequality, slavery, abuse, and the fight for survival through newspaper articles. Such as the Kansas City Star’s Human Trafficking Series from 2009 (Baur). </li></ul>
Additional books to teach racial or cultural compassion. <ul><li>Reaching for the Sun: Kids in Cuba by Trish Marx; </li></ul><ul><li>photographer Cindy Karp </li></ul><ul><li>(nonfiction—other cultures) Grades 3-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David </li></ul><ul><li>Oliver Relin (nonfiction---religion and cultural </li></ul><ul><li>understanding) Grades 7-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Pallaco (religious understanding during holidays) Grades K-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (race relations and beating adversity) Grades 7-10 </li></ul><ul><li>The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (semi-autobiographical story about disabilities & racism) Grades 7-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez (adoption and cultural understanding) Grades 8-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores by James Howe (picture book about inclusion) Grades PreK-3 </li></ul><ul><li>The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (Inclusion) Grades 2-4 </li></ul>Jackson, Maggie. “Cousins Reading Together.” Oct. 2009. Maggie Jackson’s private Stock. Maggie Jackson . Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Physical Disabilities <ul><li>“ 16050735.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/16050000/16050735.JPG >. </li></ul>What would it be like to live with tourette’s syndrome? Introducing... Shasha Abramowitz by Sue Halpern Grades 5-8th Learning about juvenile arthritis. My Brother Made Me Do It by Peg Kehret Grades 6-9 “ 120698984.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/120690000/120698984.JPG >. “ 64369691.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/64360000/64369691.JPG >. Compassion for those with cerebral palsy. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper Grades 5-10
Connect the Anti-Defamation League <ul><li>with the books and then learn about the history of the Disability Rights Movement. </li></ul>“ Equal Treatment, Equal Access.” n.d. adl.org. Anti-Defamation League . Web. 5 Dec. 2011. < http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/fall_2005/fall_lesson_5_2005.asp?cc_section=lesson_5 >.
Additional Books to Help Teach Compassion for those with Disabilities <ul><li>Arlene on the Scene by Carol Liu with Marybeth Sidoti Caldarone </li></ul><ul><li>(nerve disorder which affects physical movement) Grades 3-5 th </li></ul><ul><li>Arnie and the New Kid by Nancy Carlson </li></ul><ul><li>(wheelchair bound) Grades K-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale by Barabara Goldin, illustrated by Jaime Zollars </li></ul><ul><li>(blindness) Picture Book or Grades K-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Mandy Sue Day by Roberta Karim, illustrated by Karen Ritz (blindness) Picture Book or Grades K-2 </li></ul>“ Disabilities_Act.jpg.” n.d. 1.free-clipart.net. iClipArt. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. < http://www1.free-clipart.net/gallery2/clipart/Public_Issues/Disabilities_Act.jpg >.
Compassion for Those Who Learn and Think Differently <ul><li>“ 86170000.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/86170000/86174000.JPG >. </li></ul>Read a nonfiction story about autism from a kid who lives it! How to Talk to An Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski Grades 3-12 “ 88532278.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/88530000/88532278.JPG >. Learn about aspergers by reading… Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine Grades 5-9 “ 117474077.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/117470000/117474077.JPG >. Learn compassion for families living with bi-polar disorder and deafness. Rocky Road by Rose Kent Grades 5-9
Learning About Compassion Through the Author’s Voice <ul><li>“ Jack Gantos Photo.” n.d. jackgantos.com Jack Gantos’ Bio & Photos. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. < http:// www.jackgantos.com.vhost.zerolag.com /bio-photos/ >. </li></ul>Author studies are a great way to help students connect and feel compassion for not just with the topic within a book, but also with a real person. After all, if the author can overcome adversities that means we can too!
More Books to Inspire Compassion! <ul><li>Rules by Cynthia Lord (Autism and physical special needs) Grades 6-10 th </li></ul><ul><li>My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth </li></ul><ul><li> Peete (autism) Grades K-3 </li></ul><ul><li>The Friendship Puzzle by Julie L. Coe (autism) Grades K-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (autism) Grades 6-10 th </li></ul><ul><li>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (autism) Grades 9-12 th </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Palacco (dyslexia) Grades K-3 </li></ul><ul><li>The Blue Rose by Gerda Weismann Klein, Photographer Norma Holt (special needs) Grades 3-6 th </li></ul><ul><li>Series Books </li></ul><ul><li>Joey Pigza series by Jack Gentus (ADHD) Grades 5- 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (ADHD & Dyslexia) Grades 5- 9th </li></ul>“ edu.gif.” n.d. hellasmultimedia.com. examiner.com. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. < http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID23757/images/edu.gif >.
Compassion for Survivors of Abuse <ul><li>“ 35856155.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/35850000/35856155.JPG >. </li></ul>Help students understand the devastating effects of sexual abuse. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Grades 7-12 Sometimes sexual abuse leads to extreme self-defense. When She Hollers by Cynthia Voigt Grades 7-12 “ 112131721.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/112130000/112131721.jpg >. “ 13722613.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/13720000/13722613.JPG >. A nonfiction book written by a survivor of horrendous abuse is sure to build compassion. A Child Called It: An Abused Child’s Journey from Victim to Victor by Dave Pelzer Grades 10-12
Write to the Author <ul><li>Cheryl Rainfield has received several letters from readers thanking her for helping them understand people who are abused and who harm themselves. Through her writing she has encouraged readers to become compassionate (Rainfield). </li></ul>“ 102091118.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/102090000/102091118.jpg >. Using cutting to relieve the pain of sexual abuse. Helping others understand those who are in pain.
Compassion For Our Animal Friends <ul><li>“ 81957700.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/81950000/81957700.JPG >. </li></ul>Learn compassion by studying the people who care for animals. Wild Science: Amazing Encounters Between Animals and the People Who Study Them by Victoria Miles Non-fiction Grades 6-12 “ 128827151.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/128820000/128827151.JPG >. Compassion for endangered animals. The Year of the Panda by Miriam Schlein, illustrated by Karn Mak Grades PreK-6 “ 19313669.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/19310000/19313669.JPG >. Understand human animal conflicts. There’s an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Christine Herman Merrill Grades 2-9
Share or Write a Story <ul><li>Wildreikishamanic. “Two Dogs, a Story of Compassion and Human Communication.” Online Posting. YouTube, 18 May 2008. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. < http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =i4KaCBPKOjs >. </li></ul>Through writing and storytelling we can help students become engaged in the learning process (Ollerenshaw).
Empathy <ul><li>“ 60456014.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/60450000/60456014.JPG >. </li></ul>Develop empathy for those without a home. The Can Man by Laura E. Williams, illustrated by Craig Orback Picture Book Grades K-3 “ 148079560.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/148070000/148079560.JPG >. Parental death causes homelessness. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt Grades 6-12 “ 21508151.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 5. Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/21500000/21508151.JPG >. Learning about compassion for those who are living in poverty and the importance of service and selflessness. Oscar Wild’s the Happy Prince by Robin Muller Picture Book Grades K-12
Connect Compassion to Volunteerism <ul><li>Encourage students to use their new found passion to better others in the areas they feel led to serve. </li></ul>“ uws-top-logo.png.” n.d. Serve.gov. United We Serve. Web. 6 Dec. 2011. < http://www.serve.gov/new-images/common/uws-top-logo.png >.
Additional Empathetic Reading <ul><li>Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg (empathy about simple mistakes) Grades K-3 </li></ul><ul><li>A Troubled Peace by L.M. Elliott (war veterans and survivors) Grades 7-12 </li></ul><ul><li>The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara (survivors of war torn lands—non-fiction) Grades 6-12 </li></ul><ul><li>The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake (inner-city issues & self-compassion) Grades 4-8 </li></ul><ul><li>The Thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff (little people/dwarfism) Grades 6-9 </li></ul><ul><li>Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (Type-A personalities/perfectionists) Grades 7th-12th </li></ul><ul><li>Crank by Ellen Hopkins (drug addition/semi-autobiographical) Grades 8-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Hold Still by Nina LaCour (those left behind after suicide) Grades 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Hello, Groin by Beth Goodie (LGBT--coming out) Grades 10-12 </li></ul><ul><li>101 Ways to Dance by Kathy Stinson (short stories for teens working their way through thoughts about sex-- about various concepts to build compassion) Grades 10-12 </li></ul>Book Series The Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look (Phobias) Grades 2-8 “ Kids-clipart.gif.” n.d. fostermemorial.org. Foster Memorial Church. Web. 6 Dec. 2011 < http://fostermemorial.org/images/kids-clipart.gif >.
Bibliotherapy and Self-Compassion <ul><li>Help students choose books which they can connect with and which can help them also develop emotional intelligence. </li></ul>“ 2518002.jpg.” n.d. BN.com. Barnes & Noble . Web. 6 Dec. 2011. < http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/2510000/2518002.gif >. “ 1550416251.jpg.” n.d. Children’s Literature Reviews. Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. Web. 6 Dec. 2011. < http://184.108.40.206/images/1550416251.jpg >. Read for Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System by Joseph Gold Grades 9-Professional Development Reading to Heal: How to Use Bibliotherapy to Improve Your Life by Jacqueline D. Stanley Grades 9-Professional Development
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." <ul><li>- John Cotton Dana </li></ul>