Truth Telling


Lesson Plan

Core Concept

The value of always telling the truth is not always apparent – most believe that it is more important to use judgment around our language and apply falsehoods in certain situation. This notion is explored here – it is reasoned that telling the truth at all times is possible, and reduces stress, brings clarity of mind, strengthens one’s personal opinion of themselves, and increases social standing. Examples are given where it would be perceived as difficult to tell the truth, and solutions provided, and some tips to help in future situations given, along with encouragement. The aim is to plant a seed in the mind of the student, in the hope that some day they will make a strong vow for the sake of their own wellbeing.



Students will:

  • Recognise that they are not always honest with themselves or others.
  • Be able to describe what it means to tell a lie.
  • Understand that telling lies is more stressful than telling the truth.
  • Realise that telling the truth is not simply relaying facts; a more nuanced approach is necessary.
  • Appreciate that telling the truth is possible, correct and achievable at all times.
  • Become aware that the practice of truth telling is possible in their own lives.

Resources needed: Video clip (below), Teacher’s Handbook, Student’s Journal SEN


Shauna is from Sligo and studied law at NUI, Galway and the University of Cambridge. She is a barrister and Immigration Judge. She practises in the UK and Ireland, specialising in human rights and refugee law. Shauna is passionate about teaching and lectures in the Law Society in Dublin. She has a strong interest in ethics, both at the individual and societal levels. She is on the board of two charities.

Both the teacher's handbook and student's journal are contained in the document below:

Teachers Handbook - Truth

Lesson Content