On their own, learners take a stand on several statements about the nature of promises. Then in a group, they argue and discuss a point of view about each statement.
The learner will:
- be open to other points of view as they develop self-awareness about the meaning of promises.
- copies of the handout below Do You Agree or Disagree?
Ask the group whether anyone has made a promise. Discuss: What is a promise?
Give the learners a copy of the handout below Do You Agree or Disagree? Each learner circles how strongly they feel about each statement. (They fill out the second half of the paper later.)
Read the first statement aloud. Ask the learners to make statements of support for their point of view. Discuss differences and special situations that may impact or strengthen the statement. Individuals may change their minds or convince others.
Discuss each statement in this manner.
After discussing each, have them circle how they feel about each statement now (bottom half of the paper) after hearing the different points of view. Reflect on the process. Ask whether the discussions clarified their thinking or changed their point of view.
Ask the learners how promises relate to trustworthiness. Discuss. (Example: Trustworthiness means keeping a promise, or doing what you say you'll do.)
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