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?"
- 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.
- Teacher: Read the Johnny statement on the board. What does Johnny do (or not do) that demonstrates being true to others?
- 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.
- 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.
- Ask the learners to share soem of their reasoning with the whole group.
- Teacher: Now look at the expanded statement about Marsha. How is she being true to herself and others? Allow 2 minutes.
- Teacher: In what ways can acting with integrity (being true to self and others) help your friends and classmates? What makes you say that?
- 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 to their 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.