Meaning for Me

Grades: 
6, 7, 8

Lesson Five provides the opportunity to make meaning of integrity through writing or drawing.

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Duration 
PrintOne 20-minute lesson
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • describe connections between the two definitions of integrity used in the unit.
  • write or draw to demonstrate his or her understanding of integrity.
Materials 

Student copies of Handout One: Reflection Quotes or post the quotes and reflection choices on the board

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Each of us knows what's right for us! The key is to act on what's right--that's integrity. Tell the students about a time when you did the right thing even when it was difficult. Ask them to identify what in your story is an example of being true to yourself and others.

    Example: When I was seventeen, I was driving my dad's car to a school event in the evening. My dad reminded me to put gas in the car, but in my hurry to get there, I forgot. On the way home, I ran out of gas. A friend happened to see me on the side of the road and helped me get a can of gas and made sure my car started. I didn't have to tell my dad what happened, but later that night, I did tell him. He hugged me and thanked me for telling him the truth. He wasn't angry about the car after I told him the truth.

  2. Tell the learners: Today, I invite you to share your thinking about being true to yourself and others, or knowing and acting on what's right, by writing or drawing about a time when you acted with integrity or a time when you did not follow what you knew to be right. Writing can be a story, an essay, a rap,or a poem. Drawing can be a series of cartoon cells with captions, or a picture with captions. Another reflection choice is to write a reflective essay on one of the quotes that has meaning for you in relationship to integrity. Give each student a copy of Handout One: Reflection Quotes or refer them to the reflection choices written on the board.

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 www.generationon.org.

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.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.