Emerging research about the psychology behind altruism offer an interesting lens through which students can examine the happiness attained throughout selflessness. I would start this lesson by discussing the Booker T. Washington conversation about happiness, and ask students to share their opinions on this topic. I would then guide students through several texts about altruism such as “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others” by Kendra Cherry. After students have examined some of the science and psychology behind altruism, we would revisit the conversation to see how their views have changed.
Level: Elementary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: British Literature
Author: Tiffany Heitman