The Language of Truth

Making Good Choices

Activity Objective

The young people will create useful reminders to help them make good choices.

Lesson Outcome

The young people should be able to recognize the moral implications of the choices they make.


  • Index cards
  • Pencils


  • Explain that for centuries, people have made up short sayings, or proverbs, to help remember a law or good advice.
  • Share with the young people the following proverbs and discuss their meaning:

The generous man is like a tree of good fruit: there is no poison in him.
The one who cheats is like a decayed tooth: white on top, rotten on the inside.
The honest person is like a well-running car: you can depend on him or her in any season.

  • Invite the young people to share other proverbs they know.
  • Have them create original proverbs about the Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Commandments. (The young people may work alone or with partners.)
  • Instruct the young people to print their proverbs on index cards (one card per proverb) and decorate them.
  • Invite volunteers to share their creative work and to discuss the truth their proverb contains.

Learning Styles

Word Smart

Approximate Time

15-20 minutes


Prepare in advance other common proverbs and point out the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament.