What Would You Do? Ethical Behavior Standards

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Hospitality and Tourism

    Course : Practicum in Culinary Arts

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (3) The student demonstrates work ethics, employer expectations, interaction with diverse populations, and communication skills in the workplace. The student is expected to:
      • (A) illustrate how personal integrity affects human relations on the job
      • (B) demonstrate characteristics of successful working relationships such as teamwork, conflict resolution, self-control and the ability to accept criticism
      • (C) analyze employer expectations
      • (D) demonstrate respect for the rights of others
      • (E) demonstrate ethical standards
      • (F) comply with organizational policies
    • (5) The student applies ethical behavior standards and legal responsibilities within the workplace. The student is expected to:
      • (A) research and compare published workplace policies
      • (B) apply responsible and ethical behavior
      • (D) describe the consequences of breach of confidentiality
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • analyze laws and regulations in the foodservice industry
    • understand the influences of ethical behavior
    • determine what they would do in workplace situations
    • describe confidentiality laws
    • role play positive work ethics
  • Rationale

    It is essential to know the laws and regulations for the foodservice industry to be able to comply with the legal responsibilities. Making the right decisions in the work environment will promote a positive work ethic.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Three 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Confidentiality: Private

    Code of Ethics: A written list of rules for ethical behavior; also called code of conduct

    Ethical Behavior: Doing the right thing, even when under pressure to do the wrong thing

    Ethics: Moral principles that govern a person’s behavior

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Decides how solid waste is managed in the United States

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Enforces the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 that covers food and the packaging of food other than fish, poultry, and meat

    Food Code: Gives guidelines for handling food safely

    Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS): A public health agency that is part of USDA and checks that egg, poultry, and meat products are wholesome, safe and correctly packaged and labeled

    Honesty: When you are truthful and loyal in your words and actions

    Integrity: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness

    Laws: Established rules

    Regulations: Rules by which government agencies enforce minimum standards of quality

    U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Grades and inspects poultry and poultry products, eggs, and egg products, and meat and meat products

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed


    • computer with Internet for multimedia presentations
    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines)
    • headphones


    • employee handbook
    • gavel
    • handcuffs
    • inspection reports
    • justice scale (if available)
    • law books (if available)


    • copies of all handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)

  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Note to teacher – Become familiar with:

    • The Texas Work Prep Learning Management System (LMS) designed and hosted by the Texas Workforce Commission. The course, Succeed at Work will help students enjoy their job and discusses ethics.
      The course is approximately an hour and a half long. Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of this course. Certificate can be printed and added to their professional portfolio.

    Read the following article to become familiar on how to teach about ethics.

    Display as many items from the Materials or Specialized Equipment Needed section as you have available on a table in the front of the room.

    Divide the board or a large sheet of paper into three sections. Label each section – Honesty – Integrity – Respect for others. Assign a scribe to write student answers for each section.

    Begin class discussion by asking students how they would describe the following words:

    • Honesty
    • Integrity
    • Respect for others

    Distribute KWL for Ethics (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and allow students to answer the first two questions.

    • What do you know about ethics?
    • What do you want to know about ethics?

    They will complete the last question in the Lesson Closure section.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer What Would You Do? Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during the slide presentation.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ What Would You Do? Ethical Behavior Standards (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and discuss laws and regulations in the foodservice industry. Continue discussing ethics.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • check for understanding
    • preferential seating

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce the Texas Work Prep Learning Management System.

    Direct students to the Texas Succeed at Work Course.

    Inform students that this is an interactive free assessment that will allow them to enjoy their job and learn more about ethics.

    • Succeed at Work Stages
      • Acting Self-Employed
      • Starting a New Job
      • Being an Excellent Employee (Work Ethics)
      • Living a Balanced Life
      • Enjoying Your Current Position

    After completing the course, students will be able to successfully pass a short quiz to receive their printable certificate.

    Stress the importance of having this type of documentation in their professional portfolio.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage participation
    • closed captioning
    • monitor progress

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Separate What Would You Do Scenarios – Practicum in Culinary Arts cards (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and place in a basket. There are ten scenarios with various situations. Blank cards have been provided for writing any other situations you may think of.

    Divide the students into subgroups of three or four and explain that they will choose a scenario to role play and brainstorm solutions to the scenario.

    Distribute Rubric for Ethics Skit or Role Play (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students understand what is expected. Students may make a video of their skit and present it to the class.

    Allow time for discussion of the topic.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage participation
    • praise efforts

  • Lesson Closure

    Students will complete KWL for Ethics to answer final question:

    • What did you learn about ethics?

    Display a copy of the USDA and FSIS Ethics and Conflict of Interest (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and discuss in class.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students will present their scenario with appropriate solutions.

    Students will be assessed with appropriate rubric.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • visual representation of ideas
    • extra time for presentation
    • praise efforts

  • References/Resources



    • Culinary essentials. (2010). Woodland Hills, CA: Glencoe/McGraw Hill
    • Foundations of restaurant management & culinary arts: Level one. (2011). Boston, MA: Prentice Hall.


    • Ethics Resource Center
      ERC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, dedicated to independent research that advances high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions. 
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Allow students to create their own code of ethics for your classroom. The following article will assist them.

    TED Talks:

    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

    The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

    • Building business on character ethic – Kevin Byrne at TEDxNoviSad
      What are the foundations of a successful business? Kevin Byrne shares lessons from his own experience, explaining the importance of vision and values. He would always start with the end in mind, nurturing people instead of growing business.
  • Family/Community Connection

    Discuss ethics with your family and decide on the most important values for your family.

    Student may establish a code of conduct for all practicum students as they enter the world of work.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)


    • Interpersonal Communications – An individual or team event – recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences and/or related occupations skills and apply communication techniques to develop a project designed to strengthen communication.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to the lesson. For more ideas, visit:


    Students can volunteer to create signs/posters with character building slogans.

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