Using Children’s Books to Engage Students in Empathy

a) Listen to an audio file of a portion of the book The Long Walk to Water.
https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/A+Long+Walk+to+Water+-+Nya’s+Story/1_t5b4ecrx/28199641

b) Now listen to a TED talk (“Can a children’s book change the world?”; 13 minutes) by Linda Sue Park, the author of A Long Walk to Water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40xz0afCjnM

c) Write a reflection paper (3-5 paragraphs; upload to D2L) on water issues in South Sudan and the power of empathy to engage people in problem-saving. You should address:
• your response to the little girl Nya’s water situation
• any connections between your use of water and the water situation in South Sudan
• your thoughts on the role of empathy in teaching children
• your potential actions as a teacher to help students take action on real world problems