This lesson is an introduction to the concept of empathy as a way to improve communication. Students will begin the lesson by playing the game Empathy Builders, which will allow them to experience the value of understanding others’ perspectives in a game-like setting. Students will then debrief the game in order to solidify their understanding of the concept of empathy. Next they will read two opposing op-ed pieces (ideally from a local newspaper and focused on a local issue) and will try to explain the issue by reporting on the opposing viewpoint. Through these activities, students will improve their understanding of empathy, their ability to explain the value of empathy in achieving a desired outcome, and their ability to understand the perspective of someone who thinks differently than they do.