PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • compare and contrast two definitions of integrity.
  • share similarities and differences.
  • write a definition of integrity and/or write an explanation of support for one of the given definitions.
  • The definition of integrity - "Be true to yourself and others" written in a display area


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Teacher: Yesterday, we looked at the meaning of "Be true to yourself and others." Would you say that adding the words "and others" made a significant difference? In what ways?

  2. Write "Knowing and doing what's right" under the definition "Being true to yourself and others."

  3. Teacher: Both of these statements are definitions of integrity. Think about how these two definitions are similar, and how they are different. Jot your ideas on paper (allow a few minutes). Now turn to your neighbor and discuss your ideas. Listen carefully to each other to see where you agree and where you disagree. Get ready to share your ideas with the rest of the class.

  4. Ask each pair of students to share with the whole class one of their similiarities and one of their differences.

  5. Record two or three similarities between the definitions, as stated by students; record two or three differences. Ask: How many could agree with similarities? (hands) How many disagree?(hands) What is your thinking if you disagree? What conclusions could you draw from these comparisons?

  6. Teacher: Given this discussion, work together with your neighbor pair to write a definition of integrity that makes sense to you. If one of the given definitions is your choice, please write your explanation for why you've chosen this definition. Then write your definition of integrity in your journal along with the two definitions we've used today.

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.1 Define and give examples of the motivations for giving and serving.