Lesson Plan

Taking to the Streets or to the Halls of Your School

Getting Started:

  1. Review Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) — portrait subjects, qualities, issues.
  2. Collectively choose 5 important qualities Truth Tellers possess.
  3. Each group prepare an introduction about Truth Tellers (see Lesson # 6)
  4. Role play introduction and interviews.

Interview Process:

(Each group should interview 3 people)

Excuse me, may I ask you a couple of questions?

Hello, my name is __________. We are students at ____________(your school’s name) We are studying the role truth plays in our democracy. As part of this class, we have been talking about Truth Tellers in our country, people like __________ (list 2-3 Truth Teller portrait subjects). We have found that most Truth Tellers possess the following qualities:

  • List the qualities you have identified.

We are asking if you would take a couple of minutes and think about who a Truth Teller might be/has been in your life and also who you think our community Truth Tellers are.

Ask if the person you are interviewing gives you permission to share the content of the interview.

  • Responses:
    • Pesonal Truth Teller: ______________
    • Why?:________________________

Sharing Out the Information You Gathered:

  1. Share findings with fellow classmates and discuss common characteristics and qualities.
  2. Create a display or presentation of the interview findings. Present them at a community or school exhibit or work to create a featured article to be placed in a local newspaper or online news source.