Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about emotional intelligence. Students will read our text lesson that defines the term and explains different levels of EI then discuss content and apply what they've learned to an activity to make concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'emotional intelligence'
  • outline the levels of emotional intelligence
  • discuss the implications and application of emotional intelligence


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • Engage students with the topic by asking them to answer 'yes' or 'no' to the following prompts silently in their heads. Do you:
    • recognize both subtle and overt emotions easily (in themselves and others)?
    • use the emotional information wisely?
    • establish positive social relationships with others?
    • avoid problems and altercations?
    • end to further harmony and cooperation?
  • Tell students that these are criteria used to measure and describe emotional intelligence. Write the term 'emotional intelligence' on the board and allow students to infer a definition.
  • Begin watching the video lesson What Is Emotional Intelligence? - Definition & Explanation and pause after the section 'What Is Emotional Intelligence?'
  • Refine your definition of 'emotional intelligence,' then ask:
    • Why do we need to know and understand emotional intelligence?
    • What do people who are emotionally intelligent use to identify and understand emotions?
  • Next watch the section 'Levels of Emotional Intelligence.' With students, compare and contrast low and high intelligence.
  • Watch the section 'Can Emotional Intelligence Be Learned?' and discuss:
    • What steps can we take with our knowledge of EI?
  • Watch the 'Lesson Summary' and then give them the lesson quiz to check understanding.

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