Teacher will begin the lesson by asking the engaging questions. Students will discuss what is considered cheating. Students will brainstorm the definition of cheating. Students will also list different forms of cheating. They will discuss the reasons students cheat. Students will relate cheating to the character pillars of trustworthiness, respect and fairness. Students will then create a short questionnaire that they will use to survey 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The questionnaire should include questions similar to the engaging questions.
Students will then be divided into groups of three. Each group will survey two different classes. After the survey the groups will compile their data by grade levels in Excel and generate at least three graphs (graph titles will vary according to questions in the survey). The graphs chosen should best represent the information gathered. The data will be displayed by grade level.
The students will then evaluate the data they have collected by asking themselves the questions such as “ Do students think giving the answers is cheating or helping someone?”, “Does one grade level have more cheating than another?”, “Do all students cheat for the same reason?”, etc. Students will come up with a plan to help curtail cheating and be able to justify this plan. The students will then report their results of their survey and their plan to the district character coordinator and the campus character committee. Students may choose to present their data in a Power Point or poster format. This information is to be used in developing future character education lessons for the middle school.