Quotes of Integrity

6, 7, 8

The learners reflect on the meaning of integrity by analyzing quotes and naming what they are "true to" in themselves. 

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • identify the deep commitment to knowing oneself and being true oneself.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Discuss this question: "What does being true to yourself require you to know about yourself?"

  2. The learners choose one of the following quotes to reflect on in writing.

    1. "Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and, if you look in there and see a "person" who won't cheat, then you knowyou never will." – John D. MacDonald
    2. "One of the truest tests of integrity is the blunt refusal to be compromised." – Chinua Achebe 
    3. "The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character." – Margaret Chase Smith
    4. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. Discuss what the learners want to "be true to" in themselves. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define philanthropy as individuals and organizations providing their time, talent, and/or treasures intended for the common good throughout history and around the world. Give examples.
      2. 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.