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.

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.