July 8, 2019
by Meena Srinivasan

Lesson plan

Stand Tall

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  • Students will be able to define the word "integrity," which means doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
  • Student will be able to articulate a time when they practiced integrity and make a promise to themselves and their classroom community to consistently "do the right thing" and act with honesty.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to join into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
  • Tell them to remember a time when someone kept a promise to them. Ask if someone would like to share their experience with the class.
  • Ask, "What does being true to yourself mean?"
  • Tell the class to think about a time they were true to themselves. Ask if anyone would like to share. How did they feel when they were true to themselves?
  • Write the word "integrity" on the board, and ask the class what they think it means.
  • Explain to the class that integrity means making healthy choices, and doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
  • Show them the book Stand Tall!, and tell them that we will be reading it as a class.
  • Before reading, ask students to notice the ways integrity is highlighted in the book.
(10 minutes)
  • Read through the book Stand Tall!, pausing at various times to ask the following questions: "Can we add to the defintion of integrity based on what is happening in the book? How do you think the main character feels when she makes healthy choices? How do her actions impact others? How do you think she feels when she has integrity? When she keeps promises and is true to herself? What would happen if everyone lived with integrity? How would this impact the school community? What about our town, or even the world?"
(5 minutes)
  • After reading Stand Tall!, model for the class how to move through the Stand Tall with Integrity worksheet. Provide examples from your own life and your own promise to act with integrity.
  • Ask a student to come up and model part of the handout as well.
(25 minutes)
  • Ask students to return to their seats and complete the Stand Tall with Integrity worksheet.
  • After everyone has finished, divide students into pairs and have them share their reflections from the worksheet with each other.
  • Ask each group to combine their vows and integrity promises into one that they will share with the whole class.

Enrichment: Ask students to write their own poem connected to the book Stand Tall! and the word "integrity."

Support: Work with a small group of students to help them complete the Stand Tall with Integrity worksheet.

(5 minutes)
  • Observe students as they work during the independent working time. You may also collect their worksheets to check for understanding of integrity.
(10 minutes)
  • After all pairs have finished reflecting on the worksheet, ask each group to share their integrity promise/vow.
  • Write common elements from the groups' vows on the board in order to create one collective vow for the class. Have the class repeat these elements out loud.
  • Write down the class' promise/vow on a posterboard or piece of paper with the title "Our Promise". Have each student sign their name on the posterboard and place it prominently in the classroom.
  • Ask the whole class to recite their promise at the same time.

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