Lesson plan

Searching for Ethics

Help students understand ethics and how it relates to life in the classroom with this lesson that has them use their own independent reading books to find relevant situations.
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Students will be able to identify and provide examples of different ethical situations as they read fiction and nonfiction texts.

(20 minutes)
  • Ask students to think of someone in their lives that they admire.
  • Ask them to draw out and label the qualities that person has.
  • Write the word "Ethics" on the board.
  • Define EthicsAs moral principles that help guide a person's behaviour.
  • Ask students to brainstorm the different morals displayed in their chosen people.
  • Have students identify examples that display each moral listed.
(15 minutes)
  • Read A Cheating Crisis in America's SchoolsAs a class.
  • Discuss the subject of cheating in the classroom as a class.
  • Allow students to take a side of whether or not it is ethical to cheat and if it's necessary to report it if witnessed.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students discuss the behaviour of characters in their independent reading books.
  • Ask students what kind of moral behaviors are adopted by the characters and how it affects tasks later on or what events it leads to.
  • Take note of student responses on the board.
(20 minutes)
  • Allow students some independent reading time to find more ways the characters acted and how it affected later on events.
  • This section could also be a homework assignment.
  • Have students take note of when a character is acting morally or immorally.
  • Enrichment:Advanced students may be given an example that is not considered ethical and be asked to rewrite the scene to make it an ethical example.
  • Support:Struggling students may be given specific examples from a text and be asked to identify, by stating true or false, if that example is an ethical example from the novel.
(15 minutes)
  • Read over student notes and watch for class participation to check for student understanding.
  • If necessary, ask students to write a short paragraph or essay about what they learned today.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to share what they learned today.
  • Have students discuss what makes cheating immoral and what they should do if they see someone cheating.

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