Learners dissect the trait of honesty by describing what it feels and looks like, defining it, and giving examples and nonexamples.
One 20-minute class period
The learner will:
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 generationon.org.
Have a student recall the dictionary definition of honesty from the previous lesson (fairness and straightforwardness in conduct). Have the students rate on a scale of one to five how honest they feel different people or institutions are. Tell them you are going to name some people or groups and they are to rate their perceived honesty by holding up one to five fingers. Tell them to hold up five fingers if they think someone is extremely honest and one finger if they are not honest at all. They can hold up two, three, or four fingers to show levels of honesty.
Teacher may choose from the following people and institutions for students to rate: How honest do you think your best friend is? [students hold up one to five fingers] How honest do you think your teachers are? Middle school students in general? A major corporation, such as BP? Your parents? The local weather reporter? Politicians in general?
Students ask family members why it is important to them (and the community) that people are honest.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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