ESL Ethics Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help teachers describe vocabulary associated with ethics to students in an ESL classroom. Students will also explore ethical dilemmas and how they would respond using the vocabulary discussed.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • accurately use terms related to ethics
  • make ethical decisions when presented with various scenarios
  • examine both sides of an ethical dilemma and justify reasons for response


45-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Construct grade-appropriate oral and written claims and support them with reasoning and evidence.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • consequentialism
  • deontology
  • ethics
  • morals
  • utilitarianism
  • values
  • virtue

Lesson and Activities Instructions

Materials needed: computer/internet, dictionary

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