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Character Education: Integrity (Grade 6)
Unit of 5 lessons

Unit Purpose:

Students define the character trait integrity and examine where they learn what is "right." Lesson Two examines the other part of the defintion, "doing what's right."  Lesson Three features Frederik de Klerk as an example of integrity. Lesson Four features scenarios in which students discuss integrity and provide rationale for their thinking. In Lesson Five, students demonstrate their understanding of integrity through reflecting and writing on quotes or personal experience.

Focus Question: What role does integrity play in relationships and life success? How can developing integrity equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good?

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Unit Duration:

Five 20-Minute Lessons

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • examine a list of advice statements to determine their source.
  • consider the impact of friends' advice.
  • record thinking about what's "right" for the student, personally.
  • analyze a scenario where integrity is in question.
  • analyze two scenarios, one about public integrity and one about private integrity.
  • journal about their connections between the scenarios and the quote.
  • read the text on Frederik de Klerk's background and actions on apartheid.
  • respond to questions posed on de Klerk's principles. 
  • analyze a scenario.
  • justify answers based upon decision-making with integrity.
  • share thinking.
  • reflect on quotes or personal experience.
  • write ideas on integrity to demonstrate understanding. 

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

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 The League.

Notes for Teaching:

It is recommended that learners keep a journal to record their learning and reflections about the character traits studied.

State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

See individual lessons for benchmark detail.

Lessons Developed By:

Jan Dalman
Curriculum Consultant
Learning to Give

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