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Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children
Using fiction to evoke empathy in children and to discourage bullying. Examples of great titles to use as read-alouds or suggested reading for SSR. Resources for teachers (websites, blog posts, articles) on this topic are also included.
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Don't judge a boy by his face... 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio

Don't judge a boy by his face... 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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A book that has made a huge impact since it’s debut and release in early 2012 – I think it is a stimulating story for teaching about the PYP attitude ‘Empathy’ and encouraging Kindness. This is a powerful narrative – brilliant for reading aloud.

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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Educator's DVD and Toolkit

Educator's DVD and Toolkit | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
The Educator's DVD and Toolkit is a Region 1 DVD that features an English audio track with English and Spanish subtitles available.
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Hoping this is available for zones outside the USA

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Bullying Hurts by Lester Laminack, Reba Wadsworth - Heinemann Publishing

Bullying Hurts by Lester Laminack, Reba Wadsworth - Heinemann Publishing | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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A book I have just ordered for my school library.

 

“We believe focused read aloud experiences with carefully selected children’s literature followed by guided conversations is one way you can create a climate in your classroom, school, or district where bullying is not an accepted or rewarded behavior.  A climate where an individual’s humanity and human dignity trump any difference(s) and kindness is the order of the day.”—Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth

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Sarah Lean : Resources

Sarah Lean : Resources | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
Official website of Sarah Lean, author of A Horse For Angel and A Dog Called Homeless
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Author website for Sarah lean - author of 'A dog called Homeless' and 'A horse for Angel'. Link to teacher resources and further reading.

 

"The story of A Dog Called Homeless covers a wide range of interesting themes, such as memories, family, bereavement, homelessness and disabilities. So we’ve put together two teachers’ resources documents, with loads of great ideas for activities, discussion points and ideas for basing project work and assemblies round." Source: Author Website

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Difference, acceptance and bullying booklist | Booktrust

Difference, acceptance and bullying booklist | Booktrust | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
'Almost everyone gets bullied at some point in their life'. Read our recommended books examining bullying, acceptance and celebrating difference for all ages.
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Good list of fiction titles with bullying and acceptance as themes for a range of ages.

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Wonder: Pledge to Choose Kind

Wonder: Pledge to Choose Kind | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
by R.J. Palacio
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Just one act of kindness can make an impact. Join the national movement to Choose Kind, inspired by R.J. Palacio’s debut novel, WONDER.

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OnFiction: Research Bulletin: Children’s Storybooks and Empathy

OnFiction: Research Bulletin: Children’s Storybooks and Empathy | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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Adrian and colleagues (1995), working in Spain, found that parent–child book-reading was positively correlated with a more developed understanding that people have mental-states. This study, however, did not control for the child’s age, gender, or parental variables such as income. Source: Article

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Random House share the new trailer for Jacqueline Wilson's Queenie | My Red House

Random House share the new trailer for Jacqueline Wilson's Queenie | My Red House | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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Impossible to read this without seeing life through Elsie's eyes.

 

 

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Empathy and Fiction

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Empathy from reading a story prompts helping another person
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Much of what we know about reading fiction predicts that it will move people towards empathy. But what happens when this idea is tested in psychological studies? Source: Keith Oatley

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123oleary: Emotional Literacy and Empathy: A Reading List

123oleary: Emotional Literacy and Empathy: A Reading List | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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List with titles more suitable for teens, however still useful.


From author: "I'm interested in suggestions for an Empathy Reading List--books that we can give to teens to help them see the world from a perspective other than their own.  Really, any good fiction can do this but here are some books that deal specifically with issues around high school bullying, cyberbullying or just plain old being different (always a tough one in high school).  I will add to the list as suggestions come in through comments here or over on twitter @saraoleary."

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Anne Fine: Bill's New Frock

Anne Fine: Bill's New Frock | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
'Bill's New Frock': Forced off to school in a frilly pink dress, Bill Simpson discovers one of the worst days in his life is about to begin ...
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I will be ordering this book:

 

One morning Bill Simpson wakes up and finds out that he is a girl and has to go to school dresses in a pink frock.  The day is like a nightmare for him but hilarious for the reader as Bill discovers that girls are often treated differently by teachers and other children.      (7 – 11 years).

 

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Embracing Diversity in YA Lit | School Library Journal

Embracing Diversity in YA Lit | School Library Journal | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
From social media to publishing industry-led initiatives, the call for diversity in children's and young adult literature has steadily grown into a loud roar in the past months. As part of School Library Journal's SummerTeen virtual ...
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Battling bullies

Battling bullies | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
Teri S. LesesneSam Houston State University ProfessorNana@yahoo.com
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Teri Lesesne's slideshare on combatting bullying through books

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Slice 2013 11 of 31: It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Slice 2013 11 of 31: It's Monday! What are You Reading? | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
Over the past few days, I’ve been exploring picture books related to anti-bullying for teachers to use as we continue to promote the theme of kindness. One Green Apple (Clarion Books, 2006), by Eve...
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A handful of picture books with strong anti bullying theme.

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A DOG CALLED HOMELESS

A DOG CALLED HOMELESS | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
In this British import, a girl grieving for her dead mother gives up talking when she becomes convinced that what she says doesn't matter.
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From the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards: Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, winner of the middle grades section (book suitable 8-12).

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Are children's books darker than they used to be?

Are children's books darker than they used to be? | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
The best children's books have always tackled challenging themes within a wonderful story and today's tales are no different
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The truth is that much of children's fiction, even when dressed up as an adventure, is about navigating emotionally or physically difficult times. While we often remember books from our childhood for their action adventure or the rosy glow of their ending, the truth is that they frequently hold sadness or tragedy at their core. source: article (Julia Eccleshare)

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Reading for Empathy

Reading for Empathy | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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"The stories our children read help them learn how to feel, and through the eventual resolution of the plot, they learn how to better understand and deal with their own emotions." Source: Jennifer Nielsen

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Children's literature promotes understanding

Children's literature promotes understanding | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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Resources for teachers and librarians: "Using children’s literature, teachers can help their class through difficult situations, enable individual students to transcend their own challenges, and teach students to consider all viewpoints, respect differences, and become more self-aware. Two approaches will help you get the most out of children’s literature: bibliotherapy, which uses books to help children deal with specific situations; and building critical literacy, the ability to consider various points of view."

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Entering Another's Experience

Entering Another's Experience | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
In fiction one can become someone other than oneself
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In experience taking, although in a sense we remain ourselves, we can also become the character about whom we read: the story-character's thoughts and feelings become our own. We might think that we have just one life to lead, but fiction enables us to lead many lives, and to experience being many kinds of person. Source: Keith Oatley

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Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
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Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

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Understanding and Empathy Through Children's Books | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets

Understanding and Empathy Through Children's Books | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets | Empathy - Using fiction to evoke empathy in children | Scoop.it
Reading Rockets helps parents and teachers address the aftermath of natural disasters with children through reading and books.
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Mainly resources that will help children empathise with victims of earthquakes.

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