Integrity and Me!

6, 7, 8

Learners demonstrate understanding of integrity by reflecting and writing in response to quotes or personal experience related to integrity.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • reflect on quotes or personal experience.
  • write ideas on integrity to demonstrate understanding.
  • In a display area post the definition of integrity - Knowing and Doing What's right.
  • Student copies of Handout One: Reflection Assignment or teacher may copy the assignment on the board


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Read the definition on the board. Ask the students to decide which is more important -- knowing or acting? Discuss their answers: Why did you choose that?

  2. Teacher: Today, you'll have the opportunity to reflect and write on one of these quotes OR write about a personal experience.

  3. Read the quotes together.

  4. Tell students to write a reflection in their journals about how one of the following quotes relates to the definition of integrity:

  5. Quote #1: "Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do." --Don Galer

    Quote #2: "Never separate the life you live from the words you speak." --Paul Wellstone

    Quote #3: "The measure of a man's character (integrity) is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out." --Thomas Macauly

  6. Or, they may choose to write on a personal experience: Write about a time when you demonstrated integrity. Describe how knowing and doing what was right made you feel.

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.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  3. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define and give examples of the motivations for giving and serving.