Trust Circles

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Learners compare two communities to which they belong using a Venn diagram and descriptive words related to trustworthiness.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • compare traits of two communities to which they belong.


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Brainstorm words they have used in this unit related to trust (truthful, honest, reliable, keep promises, loyal, unbiased, humble, accountable, cooperative, fair, promote understanding, reputation, good name).

  2. On a blank piece of paper, each learner draws two intersecting circles, a Venn diagram.

  3. They each label their own diagrams with the names of two communities to which they belong (family, school, faith-based organization, club, sports team, academic team). 

  4. They enter words (from the brainstorm above) in the diagram to compare the trustworthiness of the two communities. They may consider how trusting they feel of each community, how trusted they are in each community, and how the public views the trustworthiness of the community. Note that some of the traits may fall outside both circles.

  5. Reflect on what they discovered about the trustworthiness of their communities.

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.4 Compare and contrast the roles of business, government, civil society sector, and family.
    3. Standard DP 03. Names and Types of Organizations within the Civil Society Sector
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Recognize terms that describe the civil society sector.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.