Grade Level: 4th-7th
Summary: Have you ever written about someone, for your personal use? Well, Harriet has! She has this notebook where she records everything in, about EVERYONE! Then she loses it, and someone gets a hold to it. This person reveals all of Harriet's secrets, and here is where she learns the concept of empathy.
Idea: I would use Harriet the Spy for a lesson on character. Specifically speaking, I would use it for building empathy. I could use a variety of lessons from having students starting their own notebook, where they write something they did for someone else to giving each other compliments every day. This would all be for the sole purpose of being empathetic!