Extension Activities

Social Awareness | Grades 9-12

Learning Goal 1: Demonstrates awareness of and empathy for individuals, their emotions, experiences, and perspectives through a cross-cultural lens.

Go back: Core Ed.

Go back: Intervention Ed.

Benchmark 1: Express understanding of those who hold different opinions.

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  • Using current local issues, ask students to find examples of when people have expressed different opinions and how they dealt with that.

  • Routinely provide authentic feedback when students behave respectfully toward others who hold different opinions.

Benchmark 2: Ask questions of others to deepen understanding of the perspective of others.

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  • Organize and encourage projects as part of ELA and social studies or history that explore different cultures and celebrate diversity.

  • Provide students strategies for asking questions that deepen understanding and multiple opportunities to practice through doing oral histories or interviews with relatives. (Pair/share with partners).

Benchmark 3: Compare multiple perspectives on an issue.

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  • Hold formal debates about different local issues.

  • Help students organize community service projects and routinely invite them to reflect on what they are learning about the experience of different groups of people.

Benchmark 4: Demonstrate empathy for others by identifying a specific human or social need in your school or community and acting on it alone or with others.

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  • Have students describe a time when they felt someone was empathetic to them—how did that feel? How do others feel when we are empathetic to them? Possible creation of school-wide empathy posters – this could be done at all levels.

  • Consistently model empathy and kindness toward others. Routinely include comments that recognize how others may be feeling such as, “I can tell you’re excited,” or “I can tell this makes you sad.”

  • Routinely provide authentic feedback when you observe students act with kindness or empathy toward others.

Benchmark 5: Differentiate between the factual and emotional content of what a person says.

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Using literature or current events, discuss how emotions may point to “what’s true for them” or perspective versus factual as objectively true. Consider events when “objectively true” may not be valid.