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.


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Write these words on the board: loyalty, honesty, good reputation, keep promises, and courage to do the right thing. Ask the learners to think of an example from their own life when they or someone they know acted trustworthy through one of these traits.

  2. For a reflection, they may either write about a time they or someone they know showed trustworthiness or explain how one of the following quotes relates to trustworthiness.

    1. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” — William Shakespeare
    2. "Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.” — J.C. Watts
    3. "Loyalty is a characteristic trait. Those who have it, give it free of charge." — Ellen J. Barrier
    4. "A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them." — Jim Morrison

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.