Activity 1: What to Do?
Activity time: 12 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Leader Resource 1, Ethical Challenges
- Newsprint, markers and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Print out Leader Resource 1, Ethical Challenges, and cut into slips. If you expect to form more than four groups of three or four, print out multiple copies. You may give multiple groups the same challenges.
- Arrange meeting space so youth can work in small groups without disrupting each other's conversations.
Description of Activity
Form small groups of three or four in separate areas around the meeting space. Explain that you will invite the groups to consider realistic ethical challenges. Say you are interested to hear not only the decision the group reaches but also the rationale for the decision.
Give each group a situation from Leader Resource 1 and tell them they will have five minutes to generate a group response. Then, bring the groups back together to share their situations and decisions. Invite other groups to add their own ideas.
As the groups discuss their situations, capture on newsprint any ethical principles such as "honesty," "the Golden Rule" and "fairness." Save the newsprint for possible reference in later activities.