English Lesson on Honesty Day

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THE LESSON ON HONESTY DAY

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Be honest. That's all you have to do on Honesty Day. It would be great if we were all honest every day of the year, but it's good that there's an official day to encourage honesty. That day is April 30th. The man who started Honesty Day, M. Hirsh Goldberg, chose the last day of April because the first day is April Fools' Day, which celebrates falsehoods, pranks and lies. Wikipedia.com says that on Honesty Day: "Anyone participating may ask any question they choose and the opposing person should give a truthful and straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is answering the question has knowledge of Honesty Day." Perhaps some questions, like opinions, are best not answered honestly.



M. Hirsh Goldberg was a former press secretary of the U.S. state of Maryland. He wrote a book called The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. Mr Goldberg said in his book that the average person lies about 200 times a day. According to a poll conducted by London's Science Museum, a normal lie for a man is, "I didn't drink that much" and for a woman it is, "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine". A survey from the Gallup market research group found that nurses are the most honest people, while sales people and politicians are the biggest liars. Every Honesty Day, Mr Goldberg hands out awards to honest companies and organizations.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honesty_Day

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

official

a.

jokes

2

encourage

b.

suggesting

3.

pranks

c.

promote

4.

participating

d.

simple

5.

straightforward

e.

formal

6.

implying

f.

taking part

Paragraph 2

1.

former

a.

gives

2

tales

b.

tricks

3.

scams

c.

research

4.

conducted

d.

previous

5.

survey

e.

managed

6.

hands out

f.

lies

LISTENING GAP FILL

Be honest. That's (1) ____________________ on Honesty Day. It would be great if we were all honest every day of the year, but it's good that (2) ____________________ encourage honesty. That day is April 30th. The man who started Honesty Day, M. Hirsh Goldberg,      (3) ____________________ April because the first day is April Fools' Day, which celebrates falsehoods, pranks and lies. Wikipedia.com says that on Honesty Day: "Anyone (4) ____________________ question they choose and the opposing person should give a truthful and straightforward answer. This (5) ________________________ who is answering the question has knowledge of Honesty Day." Perhaps some questions, (6) ____________________ answered honestly.

M. Hirsh Goldberg was (7) ____________________  of the U.S. state of Maryland. He wrote a book called The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, (8) ____________________ That Have Changed The Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. Mr Goldberg said in his book that (9) ____________________ 200 times a day. According to a poll conducted by London's Science Museum, a normal lie for a man is, "(10) ____________________" and for a woman it is, "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine". A survey from the Gallup market research group found that (11) ____________________ people, while sales people and politicians are the biggest liars. Every Honesty Day, Mr Goldberg (12) ____________________ companies and organizations.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Be honest. That's all you have to do on Honesty Day. It would be (1) ____ if we were all honest every day of the year, but it's good that there's an (2) ____ day to encourage honesty. That day is April 30th. The man who started Honesty Day, M. Hirsh Goldberg, (3) ____ the last day of April because the first day is April Fools' Day, which celebrates falsehoods, (4) ____ and lies. Wikipedia.com says that on Honesty Day: "Anyone participating may ask any question they choose and the (5) ____ person should give a (6) ____ and straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is answering the question has (7) ____ of Honesty Day." Perhaps some questions, like (8) ____, are best not answered honestly.

 

 

truthful
pranks
official
opinions
great
knowledge
chose
opposing

M. Hirsh Goldberg was a (9) ____ press secretary of the U.S. state of Maryland. He wrote a book called The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, (10) ____, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and (11) ____ Our Daily Lives. Mr Goldberg said in his book that the (12) ____ person lies about 200 times a day. According to a poll (13) ____ by London's Science Museum, a normal lie for a man is, "I didn't drink that much" and for a woman it is, "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine". A survey from the Gallup market research group found that nurses are the most honest people, while (14) ____ people and politicians are the biggest  (15) ____. Every Honesty Day, Mr Goldberg hands out (16) ____ to honest companies and organizations.

 

conducted
 
affect
liars
former
sales
awards
scams
average

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

Be honest. That's all you have to do on / in Honesty Day. It would be great if we were all honest every day for / of the year, but it's good that there's an official / office day to encourage honesty. That day is April 30th. The man who started Honesty Day, M. Hirsh Goldberg, chose / chosen the last day of April because the first day is April Fools' Day, which celebration / celebrates falsehoods, pranks and lies. Wikipedia.com says that on Honesty Day: "Anyone participates / participating may ask any question they choose and the oppose / opposing person should give a truthful and forwarded / straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is / are answering the question has knowledge of Honesty Day." Perhaps some questions, like opinions, are best / worst not answered honestly.

M. Hirsh Goldberg was a farmer / former press secretary of the U.S. state of Maryland. He wrote a book called The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales / Tails, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and Effect / Affect Our Daily Lives. Mr Goldberg said in his book that the average people / person lies about 200 times / timed a day. According to / of a poll conducted by London's Science Museum, a normal / normality lie for a man is, "I didn't drink that much" and for a woman it is, "Nothing's wrong / right, I'm fine". A survey from the Gallup market research group found that nurses are the most honest people, while sales / sells people and politicians are the biggest liars. Every Honesty Day, Mr Goldberg hands in / out awards to honest companies and organizations.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

Be honest. That's all you (1) ____ to do on Honesty Day. It would be (2) ____ if we were all honest every day of the year, but it's good that there's an official day to (3) ____ honesty. That day is April 30th. The man who started Honesty Day, M. Hirsh Goldberg, chose the last day of April because the first day is April Fools' Day, which celebrates falsehoods, pranks and lies. Wikipedia.com says that on Honesty Day: "Anyone (4) ____ may ask any question they choose and the opposing person should give a truthful and straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is answering the question has (5) ____ of Honesty Day." Perhaps some questions, like (6) ____, are best not answered honestly.

M. Hirsh Goldberg was a (7) ____ press secretary of the U.S. state of Maryland. He wrote a book called The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The (8) ____ of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. Mr Goldberg said in his book that the average person lies about 200 times a day. According to a (9) ____ conducted by London's Science Museum, a normal lie for a man is, "I didn't drink that much" and for a woman it is, "(10) ____ wrong, I'm fine". A survey from the Gallup market research group found that nurses are the most honest people, while sales people and politicians are the (11) ____ liars. Every Honesty Day, Mr Goldberg (12) ____ out awards to honest companies and organizations.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

take

(b)

have

(c)

use

(d)

must

2.

(a)

great

(b)

greatly

(c)

grate

(d)

greet

3.

(a)

honestly

(b)

dishonest

(c)

honest

(d)

honour

4.

(a)

celebrates

(b)

celebrated

(c)

celebration

(d)

celebrating

5.

(a)

knowing

(b)

knowledge

(c)

knows

(d)

knew

6.

(a)

opinions

(b)

combines

(c)

pinions

(d)

opines

7.

(a)

firmer

(b)

farmer

(c)

former

(d)

framer

8.

(a)

Course

(b)

Cause

(c)

Case

(d)

Crease

9.

(a)

doll

(b)

roll

(c)

toll

(d)

poll

10.

(a)

Someone's

(b)

Anyone's

(c)

Something's

(d)

Nothing's

11.

(a)

large

(b)

widest

(c)

biggest

(d)

stranger

12.

(a)

heads

(b)

hands

(c)

legs

(d)

arms

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

an official day to ancoerueg honesty

2.

… which bealerstce falsehoods, pranks and lies

3.

Anyone iiarpcpatgitn may ask

4.

a truthful and ahtgadwrtfriosr answer

5.

odwenlkge of Honesty Day

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

a former press screateyr

8.

eecmshs, scams, fakes, and frauds

9.

changed the ocrseu of history

10.

a poll cedcnutdo by London's Science Museum

11.

saciipnilot are the biggest liars

12.

Goldberg hands out adsrwa to honest companies

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

are the biggest liars. Every Honesty Day, Mr Goldberg hands out awards to honest companies and organizations.

(    )

give a truthful and straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is answering the question

(    )

M. Hirsh Goldberg was a former press secretary of the U.S. state of Maryland. He wrote a book

(    )

called The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course

(    )

from the Gallup market research group found that nurses are the most honest people, while sales people and politicians

(    )

has knowledge of Honesty Day." Perhaps some questions, like opinions, are best not answered honestly.

(    )

because the first day is April Fools' Day, which celebrates falsehoods, pranks and lies. Wikipedia.com says that

1  )

Be honest. That's all you have to do on Honesty Day. It would be great if we were all honest every

(    )

on Honesty Day: "Anyone participating may ask any question they choose and the opposing person should

(    )

of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. Mr Goldberg said in his book that the average person lies about 200

(    )

times a day. According to a poll conducted by London's Science Museum, a normal lie for

(    )

a man is, "I didn't drink that much" and for a woman it is, "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine". A survey

(    )

day of the year, but it's good that there's an official day to encourage honesty. That day

(    )

is April 30th. The man who started Honesty Day, M. Hirsh Goldberg, chose the last day of April

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

you     do     Day     all     to     Honesty     That's     have     on.    

2.

all     It     great     were     be     we     honest     would     if.    

3.

ask     question     Anyone     may     any     participating.    

4.

person     The     question     the     answering     is     who.    

5.

answered     not     best     are     questions     some     Perhaps.    

6.

the     of     secretary     press     former     A     state     .     US    

7.

The     wrote     He     a     .     of     Book     Lies     called     book

8.

200     day     average     about     a     The     lies     times     person.    

9.

politicians     are     Sales     the     people     biggest     and     liars.    

10.

out     awards     Mr     to     Goldberg     honest     hands     companies.    

DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE HONESTY DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Honesty Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about Honesty Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Honesty Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Honesty Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Honesty Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.




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