Character Education: Trustworthiness (Grade 8)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Health and PE
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Kindness
Focus Question 

What role does trustworthiness play in relationships and life success? How can developing trustworthiness equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good? 

Photo Credit: danfoy_20100726_1088 by Dan Roy is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Learners play a game that helps them identify qualities in others that make them trustworthy. They explore what it means to develop reciprocal trust within different communities. Students learn about public trust and identify characteristics of public figures that merit trust. They also discuss how they can use their own time, talent, and treasure to support trustworthy politicians, sports figures, corporations, and celebrities. Learners brainstorm the traits of a community of trusted learners, describing what it would look like if students and teachers in a classroom felt a high level of trust with each other. And finally, they compare two communities to which they belong using a Venn diagram and descriptive words related to trustworthiness.

Service Experience 
Students look for opportunities to demonstrate trustworthiness to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Character Education: Trustworthiness (Grade 8)
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students identify the different communities with which they engage. They explore what it means to develop reciprocal trust within different communities.

Unit: 
Character Education: Trustworthiness (Grade 8)
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students learn about public trust and identify characteristics of public figures that merit trust. They also discuss how they can use their own time, talent, and treasure to support trustworthy politicians, sports figures, corporations, and celebrities.

Unit: 
Character Education: Trustworthiness (Grade 8)
Lesson 4 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson, learners brainstorm the traits of a community of trusted learners, describing what it would look like if students and teachers in a classroom felt a high level of trust with each other. They have the opportunity to rate how their classroom community falls on a trust continuum.