Implementing compassion through instruction to secondary students using a multiple intelligence approach in understanding the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 and the liberations of the Nazi concentration camps in 1945 / Susan Trentecoste.
This paper is a special project in Humanistic Studies that encompasses teaching two historical events to secondary level students for the purpose of teaching compassion. These two events, the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps in 1945 and the Massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890, are the subjects of this focus as they serve as a field in examining the relationship between tragic events and human reactions. These topics in particular were also selected so that they may be viewed apart from their relative historical contexts. The purpose in looking at these historical events in isolation is to perhaps discover something different about how human beings react to each other based on their own perceptions and ability to show compassion. A multiple intelligence approach is used in presenting the information as to engage as many students as possible in the learning process based on each student's own individual learning style. Sample lesson plans for teaching were created in order to help students understand how empathy can be instrumental in understanding the link between tragic events and human emotions. Exercising compassion needs to be the goal of every citizen in order to ensure the future of humanity.
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