Perhaps the best way to help our young students see the relationships between people and their feelings and ideas, is to begin by developing empathy for one another. Once again, ask the question, What is the relationship between the characters and why? Students may identify a text to self, text to text, or text to world connection.
Empathy is the ability to identify with, and feel another persons concerns. The teacher, or the student, may write and draw the response on a Post-It note and place it on the corresponding space of the class chart.
The six basic emotions include happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust. After reading a variety of stories in which the children share responses to the character’s actions and feelings the following kind of assessment may be given.
Students need to learn to respectfully listen to one another in order to identify how another person is feeling. Tell the students you are going to read a story about a character who has a problem.
Students may need to adjust their behavior to help a peer that may be in need of some extra care at the time. Tell them at the end of the story they will be asked to draw and write their ideas about the story on a Feelings chart of their own.