Trustworthy Friends

Grades: 
6, 7, 8

Students identify the qualities that make a friend trustworthy and determine whether you can be friends with someone you don't trust.

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Duration 
PrintOne 20-minute Class Period
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • brainstorm traits of a trustworthy person.
  • describe the behavior of dependable friends.
  • read and respond to a story about trusting your instincts.
Materials 
  • chart paper and markers
  • student copies of Handout One: Farmer's Assistant

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Point to an object in the room, and ask the students, "Is this trustworthy?" Then ask why or why not. Write some key descriptive words on the board or chart. Repeat with several other objects around the room. Examples: A cupboard can be trustworthy if it is sturdy and unbreakable (sturdy, unbreakable). A shoe can be trustworthy if it supports your feet all day (supportive). A computer can be trustworthy if you can depend on it to work for you (dependable).

  2. Ask, "Is a friend trustworthy?" Tell the students to look at the list of adjectives they brainstormed and pick out the ones that can describe a friend who is trustworthy (for example, sturdy, supportive, dependable).

  3. Brainstorm on a chart what friends depend on friends to do or say (or not say). (Examples: show up when you say you will, keep secrets, try to solve conflicts in a fair way, do what you say you are going to do, etc.) Ask the students to star the things on the list that are most important: "Which of these things are so important that a friend would not fail to do them?" Ask, "Can a true friendship exist without trust?" Discuss.

  4. Save the brainstormed list for the rest of the week (especially the acrostic poem on Day Five).

  5. Have students read the story in Handout One: Farmer's Assistant. Discuss the evidence and reasons that the farmer could trust his assistant.

  6. Have students write about trustworthiness in their character education journals.

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 generationon.org.

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. Standard DP 05. Role of Foundations
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Describe how individuals and organizations can use a foundation for giving.
  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.2 Explain and give examples of enlightened self-interest, egoism, and altruism as they relate to philanthropy.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.