- About Honesty (a dramatic
- Lesson Plan
- [50 min]
- Invoke Empathy as a tool for teaching honesty.
- Lead them to see what might happen if they
adopt a bad Life Goal and bad Life Rules, and what might happen if
they adopt the opposite (good ones).
- Help the children learn how to think about the
pros and cons of a Life Goal, preparing them to do that on their
- To relate to a Life-Goal and the Life-Rules to
reach that goal.
- Print About
Honesty - - - dishonst.rtf
a dramatic reading.
- Make copies for readers and yourself, plus
Select the students to play the roles (see
Set up the desks at the front of the classroom
before starting the lesson.
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
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.
Nearly everyone wants to be a high quality person.
They want to be respected by other people. This lesson deals with the
honesty, that good people
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.
- This dramatic reading is not intended to
- I will not ask anyone embarrassing questions.
- It is not intended to condemn
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:
- "I must always look good, no matter
- "I must always avoid punishment, even if
it is deserved."
To reach these bad Life-Goals they
seem to use these bad Life-Rules:
- "It is OK to cheat so I will look
- "It is OK to cheat so I will avoid
- "It is OK to lie so I will look
- "It is OK to lie so I will avoid
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.)
- Dishonest people often have to lie to cover
up their dishonesty.
- Liars have to constantly remember what lies
they told to which people. That is a strain!
- People will soon figure out you are
dishonest, and you can't be trusted. In other words, their
dishonesty and deception
- People will lose respect for you. They will
look at you as a "lowlife."
- Deep down inside you lose respect for
- When your dishonesty is discovered, you are
likely to be in trouble for
- The thing you were lying
- The lie itself.
- You are likely to get into trouble much
- People will not give you responsibilities.
- You may be shunned - avoided - left out of
- Isn't it better to
GOOD, than to try to
look good when you aren't, therefore proving yourself to
Dishonesty and lying are
like "Shooting yourself in the foot."
Most people are honest. They seem to operate with this good
good. (Not just
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
- Possible answers: (Write students' answers
on the board or transparency.)
- People will learn they can trust
- People will respect
- People will give you opportunities
they wouldn't if you were dishonest.
- You will get into trouble a lot less
Introduce the cast and their roles.
Present the dramatic reading. "About
Teacher writes questions on the board or a
slide. Writes students' answers.
What positive result
- Avoid punishment by getting a better
grade (by cheating).
What negative outcomes did Ted probably
think about before he cheated?
- Getting caught, and being punished more
- His classmate thinking poorly of
- People might no longer trust
- Letting down teacher and
What might Ted have thought about during that two hours?
Put yourself in his
- Boy, I messed up!
- I never thought about getting caught.
- I sure let everyone down.
- My parents are very disappointed in me.
- My classmates must really think I'm a
- I got in a lot of
- It sure wasn't worth the risk I took.
- Honesty really is
What should he have said to his parents at the end of the two
- It was wrong for me to cheat.
- Being dishonest got me in a lot of
- I am sorry I let you down so much.
- I promise I won't do anything like that
What should Ted do and how should he think to assure
that he would be honest in the future?
- He can set Life-Goals and Life-Rules for
himself. He can add them to the lists
of his Life-Goals and Life-Rules.
- (Life Goal)
"To be honest in
everything I do."
"Before I decide do
something, I will always ask myself if it is
"Before I decide to say
something, I will always ask myself if it
"I will always answer
the above questions VERY HONESTLY!
- (Life Goal)
"To not be
stop thinking after I see some good outcome.
"I will always look for
possible bad results."
"I will check to see
that the possible good is far greater than the possible
- He can make a sign to put up in his
room, to remind himself of these Goals and Rules.
- He can show the sign to his parents,
teacher, fellow students, and ask that they help him.
- He can read his sign every day until he
begins to automatically think that way.
How do you think the class, his parents, and
teacher would react? Discuss this.
- Remember, that his classmates thought he
had done a really dumb thing.
- When he shows he is working to overcome
it, they will be really proud of him, and
happy for him.
- His parents and teacher will also be
proud and happy, and
- His parents might remove the
Teacher's Summation given to the
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
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
Ted" will no longer
exist. In his place is the
Ted." He can now hold his head
high, and be justifiably proud! (REPEAT these
- This kind of thinking is
what we have been working on.
- how you can MAKE YOURSELF
into the BEST YOU CAN BE!
- Teacher Follow-up
Sequence. Links to grade 5 Lesson
- Return to Advanced
Personhood Lesson Sequence
- Go to Master
As of: 26 Dec 2002