In "Amazing Grace," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity allows a bit of movement as participants respond to ten statements.
Give instructions like these:
I am going to read ten statements. If you agree with the statement, stand up. If you disagree, stay seated. If you halfway agree, stand halfway up. After you react to each statement, we will talk about it. Then we will all sit down and I will read the next one.
Here are the statements:
Ask youth what they think "character" means. You might say that "character is the real you, the qualities that make you you." Mention that an educator named Henry Huffman once said, "Character is what you do when nobody is looking." Ask how "character" and "personality" differ. Consider explaining that personality is related to character, but personality is more on the outside than character is. Personality is what people see when they first meet you. They will not understand your inner character until they know you better.
In the course of discussion, point out that people sometimes say that an individual has a "good character" or a "bad character." However, most people are not wholly bad or wholly good. They have a mix of good characteristics and not-so-good, or bad, characteristics. It is better (and easier) to evaluate peoples' actions than their characters. Still, it is good to know something about the characteristics that form their characters.
If you have participants who cannot easily stand, change the way you ask the group to signal agreement. Youth might raise two hands for full agreement, one hand for partial agreement, and no hands for disagreement.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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