November 10, 2015
by Desiree Espinoza

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Searching for Ethics

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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 ethics as moral principles that help guide a person's behavior.
  • 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 Schools as 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 behavior 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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