Naming Trust

6, 7, 8

Learners write an acrostic poem using the letters of their name to communicate their trustworthy nature.

PrintOne 20-minute Class Period
The learner will:
  • write an acrostic poem about trustworthiness.
brainstorming charts and definitions from the previous lessons


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Read and discuss a quote about trust and friendship.

    “I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” --Nietzsche

    “Trust is like a vase. Once it's broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be same again.”

  2. Have the students write an acrostic using the letters in their name written down the page. They come up with a phrase or word for each letter in their name that describes their dependability, trustworthiness, or examples of their actions and beliefs related to trust.
  3. Students make a final copy of their acrostic to display on the wall.
Cross Curriculum 
This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  3. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define and give examples of the motivations for giving and serving.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.