Say the word disease and a lot of people cringe. Sometimes people are so afraid of disease that it causes them to shun others who have a critical illness or treat them like they are less than human. This can lead to feelings of isolation during a time when the person who is ill might already feel fairly alone. How can we support our friends who have a critical health condition, such as diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS or cancer? What can we do to encourage others to act with more compassion toward peers with illnesses?
In this lesson, students will explore the ways people with a critical health condition or disease might feel, as well as various ways they can support and show compassion toward those who are living with an illness.
- Disability Awareness: We’re In It Together illustrates the importance of teaching compassion.
(noun) a feeling of wanting to help someone who is experiencing misfortune, such as illness
(noun) worthiness; the quality of being worthy of respect
a sickness, such as asthma, cancer or diabetes, that causes the body not to work normally
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences
(noun) a negative and often unfair belief commonly associated with something, such as disease
(noun) the feeling of being sorry for someone else’s misfortune
EARLY GRADES (K-2)
ELEMENTARY GRADES (3-5)
MIDDLE GRADES (6-8)
HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
Standard 1: Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process
Standard 4: Gathers and uses information for research purposes
Standard 5: Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process
Standard 7: Uses skills and strategies to read a variety of informational texts
Standard 8: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes
Standard 8: Knows essential concepts about the prevention and control of disease
Standard 25: Understands issues regarding personal, political, and economic rights