How to Use Empathy to Tell Your Story

“Collaboration” is a word that the STEAM students hear very often in my lessons. Some of the best works are made when great minds come together. To complete a large animation project, the 6th and 7th graders have been working together to create a story that focuses on “breaking the stigma” when it comes to the conversation on mental health. The students began by reading children’s books with stories about mental health and emotions. From there, the students brainstormed ways in which they could tell a story that would help their peers understand what mental health is. As a group, we discussed the idea of “empathy” and why it is important in our everyday lives.

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Using these concepts, students created a wonderful story that they will turn into a short film over the next few weeks.

(Story was created by 6th and 7th grade STEAM class)

Students spent the next few days working on designs for their main characters Rose and Jordan.

(Character designs were created by 6th and 7th grade STEAM class)

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