Character Education: Fairness (Grade 6)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Fairness
Focus Question 

What role does fairness play in relationships and life success? How can developing fairness equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good? 

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Unit Overview 

In this unit, students construct a definition for fairness and compare and contrast definitions with others. They discuss how there are two sides to most fairness issues. Students compare and contrast both sides of two fairness issues--one global and one personal. They reflect on when fairness is a matter of perspective and when fairness is a matter to advocate for through citizen action. Students participate in a role-play of fair and unfair decision-making. They identify behaviors that promote and put up barriers to making decisions. After a read-aloud, students compare the lesson in the text to real-life situations. Students use a Frayer model graphic organizer to analyze the term impartial. In the final reflection, students identify a personal bias and make a written plan for overcoming the bias now that they are aware of it.

Service Experience 
Students look for opportunities to demonstrate fairness to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Character Education: Fairness (Grade 6)
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson explores how there are two sides to most fairness issues. Students compare and contrast both sides of two fairness issues--one global and one personal. They reflect on when fairness is a matter of perspective and when fairness is a matter to advocate for through citizen action.

Unit: 
Character Education: Fairness (Grade 6)
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students participate in a role-play of fair and unfair decision-making. They identify behaviors that promote and create barriers to making decisions. After a read-aloud, students compare the lesson in the text to real-life situations.

Unit: 
Character Education: Fairness (Grade 6)
Lesson 5 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students discuss biases and recognize that we all have biases, but we aren't always aware of them. Since people have different experiences, we all develop different biases. Students learn that a bias can create an unfair situation.