Trustworthy Images

6, 7, 8

The learners use metaphors to describe a trustworthy person.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • use creative language to describe the traits of a trustworthy person.

one 12" x 18" sheet of white paper for each small group


  1. Anticipatory Set

    In the previous lesson, we learned that being trustworthy means keeping a promise. Trustworthiness isn't limited to doing what you say you are going to do. For example, a bike can be trustworthy. How can a person be trustworthy like a bike? (discuss responses) Today, you are going to explore other meanings for trustworthiness.

  2. As an example, draw a rough person outline on chart paper (as your base for labeling). Label parts to define trustworthiness: (Label the fingers) You can "count" on this person. (Label the feet) Stands by his friends. (Label the mouth) Does what she says she will do.

    You will assign each group an object for their base, such as a building, a state, a flower, a toy, a food, a piece of furniture, or a tree. 

  3. Give each small group a sheet of white paper and assign the object for their base. (They may choose their own.) Within their group, they discuss or brainstorm the traits of a trustworthy person. Then work together to draw their assigned object and label at least six parts of their drawing. Each person in the group must contribute to the discussion, writing, and/or drawing. The handwriting and language should be clear so others can read the labels and understand how a trustworthy person is like the object.

  4. Give groups 15 minutes to complete the sketch and labels.

  5. Collect the finished drawings for the next session.

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.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.