Teaching Empathy

Rationale for Tunes for Bears to Dance To

Robert Cormier's letter to Justin


The National Council of Teachers of English provides a link to the Center for Intellectual Freedom with its contact information for educators to find rationales for oft-challenged books. As well, this page provides NCTE position statements (e.g. Students' Right To Read) and action steps for educators around the challenge of books, and statements provided by authors on censorship.

In this 2013 TED Talk, Lisa Bu explores the vitality of creating a reading life to create a new life. The web page explains, "What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself."

In this blog post by Brandon Taylor, August 25, 2016, on Literary Hub, "There is no secret to writing about people who do not look like you," the author explores the role of empathy in the craft of writing.

Teaching Empathy