Character Education: Fairness (Grade 8)

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

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? 

Photo Credit: Justice, 50 Fleet Street, London by mira66 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Unit Overview 

In this unit, students define the meaning of fairness and compare and contrast it with the meaning of justice and equitable treatment. Learners discuss the fair use of copyrighted music. They explore how downloading music and movies affects the artists and producers who created the pieces. Students meet in a "round" to discuss issues of fairness related to the common good. Learners read about and discuss Fair Trade and how it relates to justice, fairness, and equity. Students reflect on their attitude about and responsibility for making fair choices about spending. They use the literary device of metaphor for expressing their thoughts.

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 8)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students compare the meaning of justice with fairness, and distinguish the meanings of fair, just, and equitable. They write a definition for each term and display it on the wall for the duration of the unit.

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

Learners discuss the fair use of copyrighted music. They explore how downloading music and movies affects the artists and producers who created the pieces. Learners write a statement of fair use.