What Did You Say?

Activity Objective

The young people will explore their responsibility to speak and to act the truth.

Lesson Outcome

The young people should be able to describe what it means to be a truthful person and to obey the Eighth Commandment.


  • Chalkboard


  • List on the board some common sayings or prepare a handout. Possible sayings include

Finders keepers, losers weepers.
It's OK because everyone's doing it.
Your rights end where the other person's begin.
To get ahead, go along.
Honesty is the best policy.
It's OK if you get away with it.

  • Lead the young people in a discussion about the morality of the sayings. Begin by asking them if they agree or disagree with the idea.
  • Then divide the young people into groups of three or four and assign each group a saying. Direct each group to analyze what they think it means and how it started, and then present their conclusions to the entire group.

Learning Styles

People Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

15 minutes