Character Education: Fairness (Grade 7)

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, the teacher poses several questions to spark conversation and critical thinking about the meaning of fairness. Students work together to create a definition of fairness. In the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, students identify the barriers and challenges to addressing an unfair situation. Given a list of ways to respond to unfair situations, students match ways to respond to possible unfair situations. Students work in small groups to analyze personal responses to a specific unfair situation. Students play a simulation game that raises awareness of their power to take action for the good of others. In the final reflection, students connect the concepts of fairness and philanthropy through written response to a quote or personal experience.

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 7)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

The teacher poses several questions to spark conversation and critical thinking about the meaning of fairness. Students work together to create a definition of fairness.

Unit: 
Character Education: Fairness (Grade 7)
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

In the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, students identify the barriers and challenges to addressing an unfair situation. Given a list of ways to respond to unfair situations, students match ways to respond to possible unfair situations.

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

This lesson challenges students to think of their personal responsibility to act when they observe unfair treatment. They respond to a scenario as a whole class and then work in small groups to analyze personal responses to a specific situation of their choosing.