Trustworthy Reputation

6, 7, 8

Learners reflect on their own experience with trustworthy behavior or respond to a quote about trust.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • reflect in writing about trustworthiness as it relates to reputation, loyalty, and courage to do the right thing.

student copies or projected copy of Handout One: Reflection Choices


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Write these words on the board: loyalty, honesty, good reputation, keeps promises,and courage to do the right thing. Remind them that in the previous lesson, they read about people in Texas history who exhibited these traits of trustworthiness.

  2. Tell the students to think of an example from their own life when they acted trustworthy through one of these traits. They may choose to write in their character education journal about this example or respond in their journals to one of the quotes below. Pass back the papers from Lesson Three for reference,

  3. Students may choose one of the following quotes and write about how it relates to the trait of trustworthiness:

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. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Describe the "social contract" and the changing roles of civil society and government in meeting this "contract."
  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.
      2. Benchmark MS.11 Identify a corporation's responsibilities to its community.
  3. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify outcomes from the service.