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The Schechter Brothers Engage Handout: What Does Integrity Mean?

  • I can define and recognize the civic virtue of integrity.
  • I can reflect on and analyze previous experiences to recognize integrity.

Essential Vocabulary

integrity To tell the truth, expose untruths, and keep one’s promises.
Read the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and answer the following analysis questions.

In a commencement speech at Oberlin College in June 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

  1. What does this quote mean to you?
  2. Share your response with a partner.
  3. With your same partner or in a small group, think of a scenario in which you, someone you know, or a fictional character struggled to “do the right thing” or act with integrity.
  4. Explain the context for this struggle.
  5. In the end, did this person act with integrity? Explain. What were the consequences for this person?