Acting with Integrity

6, 7, 8

Lesson four features integrity applied to scenarios that students will discuss and provide rationale for their thinking.

Lesson Rating 
One 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • analyze a scenario.
  • justify answers based upon decision-making with integrity.
  • share thinking.
  • Flip Chart or Board
  • Definition of integrity displayed: Knowing and doing what's right.
  • Student copies of Handout One: Acting With Integrity


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Remind the learners that the definition of integrity is "Knowing and doing what is right." Ask: Can we have one without the other (knowing and doing)? What makes you say that? (Askthree or fourstudents to share their reasons.)

  2. Teacher: Let's check our thinking on integrity by examining a few situations.

  3. Group students into three groups and assign one scenario from Handout One:Acting With Integrityto eachgroup.Eachgroup,after making decisions on their situation, should select a student from the groupto read the scenario aloud to the class.Then any membersof the group may share theirkey discussion pointswith the class.Make certain that the students are sharing theirthinking/rationale when they share their answers.If time permits, the teacher could ask the "audience" if they have questions or different ideas.

  4. Teacher: Integrity is knowing and doing what's right. What was the connection between all the scenarios?(not being true to one's word) Why is both knowing and doing what's right so important to being a person of integrity? What are the benefits to acting with integrity?

Cross Curriculum 

This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.

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