Lesson Plan

Making it Personal

Who is your Truth Teller?

Identifying your Truth Teller:

  1. List three people in your life, community, school who are worthy of the “Truth Teller” designation. Be certain that each person has the qualities agreed upon for a Truth Teller. (See Lesson # 2)
  2. Describe the accomplishment(s) or reason for nominating each Truth Teller:
    • Name: _______________________
    • Accomplishment(s)/Reason for Nominating: __________________________________
  3. Choose one of your nominated Truth Tellers to interview.

Interviewing Your Truth Teller:

  1. . Contact your Truth Teller, explain the project and set a time to meet for the interview.
    • Date of Interview: ___________________
    • Time: ___________
    • Place: _____________________
  2. Write 2 – 3 questions of your own to ask your Truth Teller:
    • Question 1: ___________________
    • Question 2: ___________________
    • Question 3: ___________________

Truth Teller Interview Form:

  1. What values have guided you in your life?
  2. What are two or three events that have had a strong influence on your life?
  3. What have you done that you are most proud of?
  4. Do you have a guiding belief in your life? If so, what is it?
  5. How do people make a difference in the world?
  6. Who are your Truth Tellers?
  7. Your questions:
    • Question 1: ___________________
    • Question 2: ___________________
    • Question 3: ___________________

Description of Project:

Please use this when you contact your Truth Teller to schedule an interview.

I am participating in the Community Truth Tellers Project at my school (insert school name here). We have studied Americans Who Tell the Truth, people whose portraits have been painted by Robert Shetterly. Now we are identifying Truth Tellers in our own lives and communities in order to gain a new understanding and appreciation for those people who make a difference right here. For me, you are a Truth Teller and I would like to schedule a time to talk with you and ask you a few questions.

The following times are good for me: (insert times)

Do any of those times work for you? Thank you!

Create a Display or Presentation:

Create a display or presentation of your “personal Truth Tellers” — photos, descriptions, their responses to your interview. This might be any of the following:

  • Exhibit
  • Virtual slide show
  • Video
  • Featured articles in a local newspaper or online news source



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