Building Empathy Through Writing
by Alana Pedalino and Hisami Aoki
Download this free, printable short essay prompt inspired by Alan Gratz’s moving historical-fiction novel, Refugee, to encourage your students to empathize with past and present real-life refugees.
Novels like Refugee by Alan Gratz give students the ability to empathize with people whose life experiences are very different from their own. And with a thoughtful writing prompt, we can ask students to explore “What would you do?” to connect with the characters on a deeper level.
Download and print this free short essay prompt to help your students reflect on what they read and develop their critical-thinking and social-emotional skills.
You can encourage your students to share their responses with the class and then open a dialogue about what we can do to help refugees today. Do your students have ideas they’d like to share? Please let us know on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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