In this lesson, students learn about communicating honestly. They explore different ways communication can be changed through interpretation and intentionally misleading.
One 20-minute lesson
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.
copy of the list of six statements (See Teacher Preparation) on the board or on a handout
Before class, write the following six statements/questions on the board:
Tell the students that your goal for them in their writing and all communication is that they eschew obfuscation. Ask them what they think of that goal. Most students will not understand the phrase. Tell them the phrase eschew obfuscation means "to avoid purposely concealing the meaning of the communication." (Eschew means "to avoid"; obfuscation is "making meaning unclear.") (This is an example of irony because the phrase itself is an example of obfuscation.)
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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