Emotional Literacy

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Learning Goal

Students will learn to identify, name, and effectively manage complex emotions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Identify primary, secondary, and some tertiary emotions
  • Build the skill of empathy by identifying emotions in others
Learning Summary

Emotion identification is the first step in building emotional intelligence and empowering students to successfully manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

The lesson begins with Fire Breathing. In the introduction, you revisit primary and secondary emotions, introduce students to tertiary emotions, and revisit the importance of identifying emotions. Then, in an emotion identification activity, you read aloud a passage and students identify the emotions of the characters followed
by a class discussion. Finally, students reflect in their journals on what prompts them to feel different emotions.

computer icon Online Teaching Tips for Emotional Literacy

For both live or recorded delivery, provide students with their own copy of the Emotion Wheel. Read each scenario and have students circle or color in the different emotions. If it is not possible for students to have access to their own emotion wheel, show the slide with the wheel and have students write down on a piece of paper all the emotions they hear.

After Emotions from Different Perspectives activity, have students share out the different emotions they marked.

After the Emotions from Different Perspectives activity, read out some of the discussion questions for students to consider.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one’s strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose.

Self-management: The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations. This includes the capacities to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivation & agency to accomplish personal/collective goals.