Empathy is an emotional state that allows us to feel what another person is feeling, but can it be taught? This article argues that while we may not be able to teach empathy itself, teachers can try to expand the imaginations of students through the use of young adult literature about border crossing. The intent is to help students who have not experienced border crossing becoming more empathetic toward those who have. By exploring how border crossing narratives challenge dominant misconceptions formed on deficit narratives, and by offering critically-relevant resources grounded in YA texts about border crossing, we will argue it is possible to put students on a path towards empathy.
Asmus, Briana and Antel, Emma
"Imagination and Empathy: Reframing U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Narratives,"
Language Arts Journal of Michigan:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.9707/2168-149X.2196