Honesty in Writing
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    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
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      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.

Students explore ways to be honest in communication, writing with clear purpose and honest intent.

Duration: 
PrintOne 20-minute class period
Objectives: 

The learner will:

  • discuss techniques for writing with clear communication.
  • write a statement about a community issue in clear, honest language.
  • review a peer's statement and give feedback.
Materials: 
  • writing paper or character education journals
Instructions: 
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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Yesterday we explored making meaning clear using voice and body language. Today we will explore honesty in written communication.

  2. Ask the students how they can mislead or deceive others when they are writing about an event. Encourage them to think about political advertisements or historical accounts.

  3. Discuss tactics such as suggestive comments, omission of information, lack of clarity, sarcasm, and fabrication. (For examples, see Handout One: Honesty in Writing.)

  4. You may give the example that doctors have a reputation for obfuscation, or using unfamiliar vocabulary when talking to families in order to soften the language about a difficult diagnosis.

  5. Tell the students that when they communicate, you expect them to be truthful, sincere, and forthright. Tell them that if their intent is to be truthful, they will most likely communicate honestly.

  6. Give the students a minute to think and then write astatement about an issue related to the common good. The statement should be honest and give clear information. The statement may be about a need in the community (hunger, homelessness, environment, safety, etc.), a political issue, or a school issue.

  7. After 5 minutes, they read their statement to a neighbor.

  8. After they share with a partner, have the partners discuss whether the statement felt sincere and honest. Ask for volunteers to share statements with the whole class.