Are there times when bending the facts and the truth is acceptable? Explain.
Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:
spoiler (noun): information about a story or event that tells you what will happen, but it will spoil the surprise
– This news story contains spoilers about the new Spiderman movie, so you might not read the information if you want to keep the movie a surprise.
situational (adjective): depending on the situation or specific circumstances
– How did you celebrate your sweet sixteen last week?
go bananas (idiom): become excited or angry
– The fans went bananas when their team won the championship.
– Don’t tell dad just yet that you ran over the mailbox with the car. He’ll go bananas when he finds out.
deceptive (adjective): misleading
– This news story is somewhat deceptive because it doesn’t present all of the facts correctly.
hold off (verb): postpone an action
– Let’s hold off telling the kids about our summer plans until we are sure we can arrange everything.
be furious (adjective): very angry
– My sister was furious when she found out that her husband had lied about his spending habits.
get off track (verb): get off the present subject
– Teacher: All of these future plans are interesting, but let’s not get off track from the current topic of improving student motivation.
sucker (noun): slang for any person or thing
– I can’t believe you bought this old car. This sucker won’t last one month, for sure.
get caught flat footed (idiom): not ready or unprepared
– The company president got caught flat-footed during the meaning when employees exposed his plans to fire 50 employees.
Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.
How would you respond in each of these situations? Would you lie or bend the truth, and if so, what would you say?
Think about these questions to develop your thinking skills.
The following activities deal with the topic of honesty and can encourage additional discussion on the topic.