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Activity time: 5 minutes

Description of Activity

Lead a brief discussion based on the meaning of five phrases commonly used to describe a person's character.

Introduce and ask about the phrases with questions like these:

  • Critics who write about books, movies, and plays sometimes complain that a character is "one-dimensional." What do they mean, and why are they complaining? (A one-dimensional character is somebody who seems too simplified. We see just one side of them. These characters do not seem real, because real people are complicated and have more than one side.)
  • What does it mean to be "true to yourself," and how do you do that? (You are true to yourself when you show your best side and act the way you want, not the way other people say you should. One way to do that is to think carefully about your actions in advance. Saying people "are true to themselves" is another way of saying they have integrity.)
  • What is a "double-dealer"? (Somebody who says one thing and does another, or says two different things to two different people.)
  • What is a "principled person"? (A person who lives up to her/his own principles. Principled people are usually true to themselves; they have integrity.)
  • What is a "two-faced" person? (Somebody who shows one side of their personality to some people and another side to other people.)

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