Duration 
PrintOne 20-minute lesson
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • analyze phrases about the three people from the previous lesson.
  • probe the concept of integrity when acting in a way that appears uncaring.
  • evalute being true to self and others.
  • reflect on the meaning of integrity and personal examples of being true to others.
Materials 
  • Post in a display area, prior to class:"Being true to yourself and others," and the following three statements:
    • Johnny would never steal from a store, nor would he cover for anyone who did.
    • Marsha would never spread rumors about anyone, even when she had the opportunity and more information than others knew.
    • Hector is always on time, for he knows being late bothers others and wastes their time.
  • Flip chart from Lesson One to aid students in seeing the "other half" of the definition.

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Remind the students that in the previous lesson, they defined integrity as "being true to yourself." Ask the students if integrity is all about personal choices. Discuss. Then ask, "Do our personal choices ever affect others?"

  2. Tell them that today they will add the phrase "and others" to the previous definition of integrity and explore how that changes the meaning. The new definition of integrity is "being true to yourself and others." Refer the students to the three sentences on the board. Ask them if they recognize them from the previous lesson and to identify what is different.

    • Johnny would never steal from a store, nor would he cover for anyone who did.
    • Marsha would never spread rumors about anyone, even when she had the opportunity and more information than others knew.
    • Hector is always on time, for he knows being late bothers others and wastes their time.
  3. Teacher: Read the Johnny statement on the board. What does Johnny do (or not do) that demonstrates being true to others?

  4. Probe the concept of "covering" for another. Ask the students if that is the same as helping someone. On the other hand, discuss whether it is uncaring to "rat someone out?"Discuss what happens when Johnny's principle of not stealing conflicts with his buddy's actions? Jot down on the board salient points--positive and negative--that students make. Allow 5 minutes.

  5. Teacher: Look at the Hector statement.What does this tell you about Hector and caring? (Discuss.) In these two situations (Johnny and Hector), both show integrity, but Johnny is uncaring and Hector is caring. How can being true to yourself and others have such opposite motivations? Turn to your neighbor and share your thinking. Allow 2-3 minutes.

  6. Ask the learners to share some of their reasoning with the whole group.

  7. Teacher: Now look at the expanded statement about Marsha. How is she being true to herself and others? Allow 2 minutes.

  8. Teacher: In what ways can acting with integrity (being true to self and others) help your friends and classmates? What makes you say that?

  9. Ask the learners to write in their character education journals their thinking about adding "and others" to the definition of integrity. Then have them return totheir writing from the previous day and enhnace their self-description/principle statement from Lesson One by adding the concept of "and others" into their statement.

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.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.