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The First Investment in Integrity-Honesty

 

Introductory Activity 

Discovering - Honesty



1. Announce to students that we are going to do a little role playing. Explain that the scenario is

just pretend. Especially if Mickey announces it for you over the intercom.

2. Read the story out loud to the class, or have Mickey call down to your room and read the

following …

Over the intercom you here Mrs. Smith announce, “It has come to our attention that there is an

infectious disease infecting the citizens of Farmington, Missouri. It is important that if you feel any

symptoms that you tell your teacher immediately. The symptoms include: sore throat, tiredness, muscle

soreness, and fever. This is a very serious disease that could possibly lead to death if not treated. If you

contract this infectious disease, you will need to be quarantined away from your family and friends.

3. Assign students to groups of 5. No less than 5 if possible. Groups must have students assigned

the teacher, principal, doctor, #1 Student, #2 Student. If you have groups larger than 5, assign

the extras as student #1 and #2.

4. Tell the student to read their stories secretly. Tell them not share what it says until you indicate

they can later. Pass out story cards.

Pass out note cards folded and taped so students can’t read each other’s stories. Stories are below….

ÿ Doctor’s card – You are in charge of caring for your group members. You have to be sure

ÿ Teacher card – You are in charge of keeping the students safe from this disease. Students

that you take the necessary precautions to prevent this disease. Students in your group

might give you a note indicating they have the disease.

• Keeping all the notes you receive to yourself, write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences)

in your compositional notebook about what you will do. Write about your feelings

as a doctor. Write about your worries as a doctor. Write about how you will keep

the infected away from the rest of the group. Remember to keep all information

confidential – don’t share it with anyone.

in your group might give you a note indicating they have the disease. If a student tells you

they are sick, pass the note to your principal. Remember to keep all information confidential

– (don’t share it with anyone). You learn from the principal in your group that the students

that have the disease are taken to the civic center away from everyone and everything. You

also hear that anyone infected has to stay there for at least a month. You also know that

people at the civic center are not being cared for as well as they should be, but if the disease

is not contained, many more citizens of Farmington will become sick. You start to feel a sore

throat and your muscles start to ache. You believe you’re infected. You are very worried and

don’t want to spend a month away from family and friends. You believe that you can keep

your hands clean and germs away from students.

• If you choose to tell your principal that you are sick, write your principal a note

indicating that you’re not feeling well. Put your name at the top of the note.

• Keeping all the notes you receive from yourself, write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences)

in your compositional notebook about what you will do. Write about your feelings.

ÿ Principal card - You are in charge of keeping the students and teachers safe from this

disease. Teachers in your group may give you a note indicating that they have a student that

has the disease. If a teacher tells you they have sick student, pass the information to your

doctor. Remember to keep all information confidential – (don’t share it with anyone). You

also think that a student in your group is lying about not being sick. You see that the student

looks very pale and sickly. You have talked with the student over and over but they refuse to

admit they have the disease.

• Write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences) in your compositional notebook about what you

will do about the student lying.

ÿ #1 Student card – You are feeling better than normal today. You are not infected! Whew!

However you are worried about becoming infected. You notice that your best friend is not

feeling well. They insist that they are not sick. You feel however that they are lying. Do you

write a note to your teacher telling them that your friend is infected or do you leave your

friend alone and allow them to make the decision on their own?

• If you choose to tell your teacher about your friend, write your teacher a note

indicating your friend might be sick and give it to them. Put your name at the top of

the note.

• Write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences) in your compositional notebook about what you

did. Also, write about your feelings.

ÿ #2 Student – Once you hear the announcement you know that you have the disease. You

felt all the symptoms this morning. You came to school because you wanted to see all your

friends. You are scared to death of what might happen if you tell your teacher. You hate

needles, doctors, medicine, anything related to hospitals. You are screaming inside but you

keep it together so no one will know. Do you write a note to your teacher telling them that

you are infected or do pretend that everything is fine?

• If you choose to tell the teacher, write your teacher a note indicating that you’re

sick and give it to them. Put your name at the top of the note.

• Write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences) in your compositional notebook about what you

did. Also, write about your feelings.

5. Allow students time to process, pass notes about their decisions, and write in compositional

notebooks.

6. Tell the students that after they read their fate cards, they may talk about what had happened.

Pass out Fate cards. Fates are below….

ÿ Doctor Fate – If all your group members were honest about being infected, you were

able to keep the infected people away from each other. You were able to find a cure for

the disease and everyone in your group survived. If you learn that someone did not tell

the truth about being sick, half of your group members were infected and died.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ Teacher Fate – If you told your principal that you were sick, the doctor was able to treat

you and you survived. Whew! If you decided to keep it from your principal you learn

that you infected several of your students and your own family. Several people die

because you were not honest.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ Principal Fate – Good work! You were able to convince the student to tell the truth.

They were kept away from the other students and that student did not spread the

disease. If all your group members were honest about being infected, you school is safe

and everyone survives. If you learn that someone did not tell they were sick, half of your

group members were infected and died.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ #1 Student Fate – If you choose to tell your teacher about your friend, your friend was

cured and survived the sickness. If you choose not to tell your teacher, your friend dies

the next week. You now have to live with the fact that you did not help you friend when

they needed it the most.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ #2 Student Fate – If you choose to tell your teacher you were sick, you were treated for

the sickness and survived. If you decided to keep it from your teacher, you infect the

rest of your class and the school. Many people die because you were dishonest but you

survive.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

Cards print below….

ÿ Doctor’s card – You are in charge of caring for your group members. You have to be sure

that you take the necessary precautions to prevent this disease. Students in your group

might give you a note indicating they have the disease.

• Keeping all the notes you receive to yourself, write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences)

in your compositional notebook about what you will do. Write about your feelings

as a doctor. Write about your worries as a doctor. Write about how you will keep

the infected away from the rest of the group. Remember to keep all information

confidential – don’t share it with anyone.

ÿ Teacher card – You are in charge of keeping the students safe from this disease. Students

in your group might give you a note indicating they have the disease. If a student tells you

they are sick, pass the note to your principal. Remember to keep all information confidential

– (don’t share it with anyone). You learn from the principal in your group that the students

that have the disease are taken to the civic center away from everyone and everything. You

also hear that anyone infected has to stay there for at least a month. You also know that

people at the civic center are not being cared for as well as they should be, but if the disease

is not contained, many more citizens of Farmington will become sick. You start to feel a sore

throat and your muscles start to ache. You believe you’re infected. You are very worried and

don’t want to spend a month away from family and friends. You believe that you can keep

your hands clean and germs away from students.

• If you choose to tell your principal that you are sick, write your principal a note

• Keeping all the notes you receive from yourself, write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences)

indicating that you’re not feeling well. Put your name at the top of the note.

in your compositional notebook about what you will do. Write about your feelings.

ÿ Principal card - You are in charge of keeping the students and teachers safe from this

disease. Teachers in your group may give you a note indicating that they have a student that

has the disease. If a teacher tells you they have sick student, pass the information to your

doctor. Remember to keep all information confidential – (don’t share it with anyone). You

also think that a student in your group is lying about not being sick. You see that the student

looks very pale and sickly. You have talked with the student over and over but they refuse to

admit they have the disease.

• Write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences) in your compositional notebook about what you

will do about the student lying.

ÿ #1 Student card – You are feeling better than normal today. You are not infected! Whew!

However you are worried about becoming infected. You notice that your best friend is not

feeling well. They insist that they are not sick. You feel however that they are lying. Do you

write a note to your teacher telling them that your friend is infected or do you leave your

friend alone and allow them to make the decision on their own?

• If you choose to tell your teacher about your friend, write your teacher a note

• Write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences) in your compositional notebook about what you

indicating your friend might be sick and give it to them. Put your name at the top of

the note.

did. Also, write about your feelings.

ÿ #2 Student – Once you hear the announcement you know that you have the disease. You

felt all the symptoms this morning. You came to school because you wanted to see all your

friends. You are scared to death of what might happen if you tell your teacher. You hate

needles, doctors, medicine, anything related to hospitals. You are screaming inside but you

keep it together so no one will know. Do you write a note to your teacher telling them that

you are infected or do pretend that everything is fine?

• If you choose to tell the teacher, write your teacher a note indicating that you’re

• Write a paragraph (5 – 6 sentences) in your compositional notebook about what you

sick and give it to them. Put your name at the top of the note.

did. Also, write about your feelings.

ÿ Doctor Fate – If all your group members were honest about being infected, you were

able to keep the infected people away from each other. You were able to find a cure for

the disease and everyone in your group survived. If you learn that someone did not tell

the truth about being sick, half of your group members were infected and died.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ Teacher Fate – If you told your principal that you were sick, the doctor was able to treat

you and you survived. Whew! If you decided to keep it from your principal you learn

that you infected several of your students and your own family. Several people die

because you were not honest.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ Principal Fate – Good work! You were able to convince the student to tell the truth.

They were kept away from the other students and that student did not spread the

disease. If all your group members were honest about being infected, you school is safe

and everyone survives. If you learn that someone did not tell they were sick, half of your

group members were infected and died.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ #1 Student Fate – If you choose to tell your teacher about your friend, your friend was

cured and survived the sickness. If you choose not to tell your teacher, your friend dies

the next week. You now have to live with the fact that you did not help you friend when

they needed it the most.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.

ÿ #2 Student Fate – If you choose to tell your teacher you were sick, you were treated for

the sickness and survived. If you decided to keep it from your teacher, you infect the

rest of your class and the school. Many people die because you were dishonest but you

survive.

• Now ask your group members if they were actually infected.


DAY ONE

Open wiht "infectious disease" activity above.

Conclude by a discussion of other instnaces where not telling the truth could be a matter of life or death, or instancs where lying could have dire consequences.

Concept MAP--what honesty is and is not--could use groups for this.

Definition of honesty:  refusal to lie, steal or cheat or decieve in any way.

Composition Notebook-why would we decide to start with HONESTY as the first investment in integrity?


DAY TWO

Pass out quiz on HONESTY (below)

ASK - What they notice about the quiz (all the answers are more than likely yes)

ASK - What would be the point of a quiz like this? ( To show that we expect others to be hoest with us ALL THE TIME but we don't always show the same courtesy to others )

Class discussion on whether or not we are ALWAYS honest or if there is ever a time when a lie/deception can be a good thing.  How do we know the difference?

Santa Clause

"Do I look fat in this?"

Hiding the Jews in Nazi Germany

Read the story of Elena

• Do a Philosophical Chairs on whether or not she was right or wrong in her deception. Don’t forget to reflect!

Reflection can be done in composition notebook or on attached sheet (Philosophical Chairs Guidelines and

Reflection Sheets included as hard copy to McKinney)

• Discussion or journal topic—how many times do you get to lie before you are a liar?




Honesty Quiz

1. If you accidentally left your iPod in the gym one morning before school,

would you want the person who found it to return it undamaged? Yes No

2. If your teacher told you he was going to allow you to retake a test that you

failed, would you expect him/her to do so? Yes No

3. When you deposit lunch money in your account, do you expect it to be

added to your account? Yes No

4. If you are/were in a relationship with another person, would you expect

that person to be faithful and not flirt or date other people? Yes

5. Do you expect your teachers to grade your homework/tests in a fair

6. While participating in athletic events, do you expect the referees/umpires

and other players to conduct themselves in a fair manner and follow all

rules? Yes No

7. If you and a classmate both received three tardies would you expect the

principal to administer the same punishment to both of you? Yes

8. If a friend agrees to go to the movies with you, would you expect that

friend to honor that commitment? Yes No




Balovlenko Account: 'This Lie Was Necessary'

Emaciated hunger striker Yuri Balovlenkov broke his 36-day fast today after his visiting American wife lied to

him, saying authorities had promised he could emigrate to the United States if he resumed eating.

"What else could I do? He was going to kill himself," Elena Balovlenkov, 29, a Ukrainian-born nurse from

Baltimore, said in a telephone interview.

She said she fed Mr. Balovlenkov, 33, a small amount of Isocal, a substance designed for feeding people

near starvation. She said she brought it from the United States when she arrived here Friday to visit her

husband.

"I've never lied to my husband before, but this lie was necessary—a lot nicer than watching him die," she

said.

She said Soviet emigration authorities told her earlier today that his case could not be reconsidered as long

as he was fasting.

She spoke from Mr. Balovlenkov's downtown Moscow apartment and said she would not let reporters visit

him for a day or two because he still did not know she had deceived him.

Mr. Balovlenkov began fasting July 5 to pressure authorities to let him join his wife and baby daughter in

the United States. Authorities have refused to let him emigrate, claiming he had access to state secrets as a

former computer programmer.

He quit an earlier 43-day fast on June 21, claiming the state said he could leave the country. Emigration

authorities told Western reporters later that they had made no such pledge.


Day Three

• Open with video about cheating (http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/91-Classroom)

• Discuss cheating and how it is a form of lying or dishonesty. Brainstorm as a class all the different ways a person

can “cheat.” (school, sports, etc…)

• Divide students into groups and give each group and article on some type of cheating scandal. Explain that they

should read the article together carefully and that they will be responsible for sharing the info with the rest of

the class. Highlight all the things/problems/losses these people encountered due to cheating. (Two hard copies

of articles are included—teacher choice on other articles).

• Next, have them brainstorm all the consequences of cheating in school and list them in their composition

notebook. Discuss after all are finished.

• Suggested Responses:

o You'll lose the teacher’s trust that you will always do your own work.

o Your friends will learn you can’t be trusted. If you can’t be trusted in school, why should they trust

you to keep a secret or tell the truth?

o You'll lose your self-respect and pride. Do you really want to think of yourself as a cheater?

o When you cheat on a test, you're lying to other people about how much you know. Do you really

want to be a liar?

o If you can justify cheating, you’ll probably end up lying about other things.

o Once you tell one lie, you have to create a whole bodyguard of lies to protect it.

o Cheating is like robbing from students who are honest.

o If cheating becomes a habit when you’re young, it will be easier to cheat when you’re older.

o Cheating is taking something you haven’t earned. Is this any different than stealing?


Day Four

• Watch video from www.values.com

http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/112-Purse

• Discuss what we are supposed to think is happening (kid is stealing her purse)

o What makes us think that? (dressed in an alternative manner, takes off running with it under his arm,

appears to be running from police)

• Discuss woman’s reaction (very grateful). Ask “Why do you think the boy is not seen getting a reward?” (so we

will learn to do things for the sake of them being the right things)

• Tell them they are going to create their own commercial about Honesty for www.values.com

• This might be a good place to talk a little about values.com (non-profit, designed to promote positive values,

good role models, and a better life)

• They will work in groups (self-selected or teacher-selected). Commercial must be 1 minute, they need to bring

in any props they will need, and be prepared to “shoot” tomorrow.

• Let them work the rest of the hour on commercial.


Day 5

• Give them some time at the beginning of the hour to practice, etc…shoot last ½ of hour or on the next day if you

run out of time.

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