Developing the Life Principle: COMPASSION

#1) Life Principle:

Life Principle

COMPASSION – Ability to share another’s feelings or ideas 

Quote: "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -- Aesop

Spanish: compasión misericordia 

#2) Key ideas:

  • We can choose to show compassion in our attitudes and actions. (Choices  Materials)
  • We can help others, sharing our talents and supporting their ideas.
  • We will strive to act in a compassionate manner to all.

#3) Lexicon:

 COMPASSIONSpanish:compasiónmisericordia

Elementary     MS/HS 

DICTIONARY  Oxford Spanish Dictionary 

  • Break the word into pieces
  • Sound out the word
  • Find the root word 
  • Select synonyms that support

Sign Language for Compassion:

Start with’C’ at heart, then ‘5-hands. Move forward with middle finger slightly bent at knuckle

Sign video for compassion or sympathy

#4) Describing the process:

  • What would compassion look like, sound like, feel like?
  • Use web-graphic to describe “compassion”, and using complete sentences add supporting details. 

#5)  Introduce the Question Focus:

State topic for questions. QFT – Question Formulation Technique  

“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Compassion.

#6) Produce the Questions:

Materials needed: white paper and markers
Allow about 10 minutes

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question as it is stated.
  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

#7) Improve questions:

1. Identify open and closed ended questions
2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to
closed-ended and one closed questions to open-ended.

Allow 4-8 minutes.

#8) Prioritize questions: 

State lesson plan criteria/guidelines and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important. 
Allow 10-20 minutes

Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions. 
Allow about 10 minutes.

#9) Discuss Next Steps:

 “What are we going to do with these questions?”
 (Whole Group Discussion  outcome to align with lesson objectives.) 

Sample: What behaviors support Compassion? 

#10) Reflect:

Individual and Group Reflection: Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.

Discuss and report in small or whole group.
Sample: “What does Compassion look like for us?”