Personhood Curriculum
5th Grade
About Honesty (a dramatic reading)
Lesson Plan
[50 min]

Teaching Goals

Teacher Prep
Print About Honesty - - - dishonst.rtf a dramatic reading.
Make copies for readers and yourself, plus spares.

Select the students to play the roles (see script).

Set up the desks at the front of the classroom before starting the lesson.

Reader Prep

Contact those students you think would be good readers. Verify they will do it.

Give each a copy of the script. Do this a few days before the lesson. Have them read it over a few times. Have a walkthrough.

Work with them on their stage presence and stage voices. Be sure they stand or sit facing generally towards the audience. They must not swallow their words. They must be clearly heard in the back of the room.

Class Time


Nearly everyone wants to be a high quality person. They want to be respected by other people. This lesson deals with the quality of honesty, that good people respect.


In any group of people, most are honest. There are usually a few who are at least sometimes dishonest. The same is very probably true of this class.

In a few minutes some of your classmates are going to present a dramatic reading about being honest. While it is fiction, I think it is realistic.

If any of you recognize yourself in this reading, please understand the goal of the lesson. It is to help you recognize it, understand it, and to change yourself to be the BEST you can be! If you want to speak with me about it privately, I will do so without condemning you, and will do everything I can to help you.


Some people are dishonest. They seem to be operating with bad Life-Goals of:

What would be the likely result if you have these bad Life-Goals and operate using these bad Life-Rules, and become a dishonest person?

Possible answers: (Write students' answers on the board or transparency.)

Isn't it better to BE  GOOD, than to try to look good when you aren't, therefore proving yourself to BE  DISHONEST?

Dishonesty and lying are like "Shooting yourself in the foot."

Most people are honest. They seem to operate with this good Life-Goal.
  • Be good. (Not just look good.)

To do that they seem to use a wide range of Good Life-Rules to help them reach high quality.

What would be the likely good result if you were an honest person?

Possible answers: (Write students' answers on the board or transparency.)
  • People will learn they can trust you.
  • People will respect you.
  • People will give you opportunities they wouldn't if you were dishonest.
  • You will get into trouble a lot less often.

Introduce the cast and their roles.

Present the dramatic reading. "About Honesty"


Teacher writes questions on the board or a slide. Writes students' answers.

What positive result tempted Ted?
Avoid punishment by getting a better grade (by cheating).

What negative outcomes did Ted probably
NOT think about before he cheated?

What might Ted have thought about during that two hours? Put yourself in his shoes!

Possible answers

What should he have said to his parents at the end of the two hours?

What should Ted do and how should he think to assure that he would be honest in the future?

How do you think the class, his parents, and teacher would react? Discuss this.

Possible answers

Teacher's Summation given to the class

In this drama Ted learned from his mistake! He learned that by being honest he can avoid a lot of bad things. He learned that honesty is better than dishonesty. He set up Life-Goals and Life-Rules, to make himself into a better person!

Listen carefully. The next three sentences are very important! - - - When Ted has firmly learned his new Life-Rules and is always using them, then the old "Dishonest Ted" will no longer exist. In his place is the new "Honest Ted." He can now hold his head high, and be justifiably proud! (REPEAT these sentences.)

This kind of thinking is what we have been working on. That is,
how you can MAKE YOURSELF into the BEST YOU CAN BE!

Teacher Follow-up

 None written.

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