Lesson Plan: ⁣Empathy and Understanding: Kids Meet a Peer Living with Cancer

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Lesson Plan: ⁣Empathy and Understanding: Kids Meet a Peer Living with Cancer
Grade Levels: 7-9

- To foster empathy and understanding among students towards individuals living with cancer.
- To promote awareness and compassion towards peers facing health challenges.
- To encourage open discussions and reflection on the impact of empathy and support.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

- Video or guest speaker (a child or teenager who has or had cancer)
- Paper and pencils for reflection and discussion


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of empathy and understanding towards individuals facing health challenges.
- Engage students in a brief discussion about their understanding of cancer and any personal experiences or connections they may have.

2. Video or Guest Speaker Presentation (30 minutes)
- Show a video or invite a guest speaker who is a child or teenager living with or having had cancer.
- Allow the speaker to share their experiences, challenges, and victories, while encouraging students to listen attentively and respectfully.

3. Group Discussion and Reflection (20 minutes)
- Divide students into small groups and facilitate a discussion on their thoughts, feelings, and questions after hearing from the speaker.
- Encourage students to share their impressions, empathize with the challenges faced, and consider ways to offer support and understanding.

4. Argumentative Writing (30 minutes)
- Instruct students to write an argumentative essay discussing the importance of empathy and support for individuals living with cancer.
- Encourage them to support their claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, such as personal observations, the speaker's experiences, or research.

5. Sharing and Reflection (10 minutes)
- Allow students to share their argumentative essays with the class, promoting active listening and respectful feedback.
- Facilitate a final reflection where students can discuss the impact of empathy and support, and brainstorm ways to create a more inclusive and understanding environment.

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