Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Invention of Lying: Lies

This movie's great and original idea makes us believe how terrible life would be if everyone told the truth all the time. It's great to talk about lies in the classroom, so this scene is a great warm-up tool.

I. Take turns asking each other questions about the following questions.

- Why do people lie?

- When is it OK to tell a lie?

- What was the biggest lie you have ever told?

- Have you ever lied in a job interview or to your boss? Why/How did you do it?

- Who lies more? Men or Women?

- Who lies more? Children, teens or adults?

- Has anyone ever told you a lie that hurt you?

- Do you think white lies are ok? Explain it.

- What would you do if someone spread out lies about you?

- Would you tell someone to their face if you realized they are lying to you? Justify it.

II. Read the statements below about lying and decide if you agree with them and why.

1. Lying is okay when the truth can be hurtful.

2. Lying helps avoid unnecessary conflicts.

3. Lying can avoid hurting others.

4. Lying is okay because the truth hurts.

5. Lying may lead to endless arguments.

6. Lies destroy trust and create distance.

7. It's difficult to contain a lie.

8. Lying, when well-told, can make your life better.

III. Watch the movie segment from the movie The Invention of Lying and discuss the questions.


1. Describe the scene.

2. How do you think life would be if everyone told the truth all the time?

3. What did the characters say that people do not usually do?

4. What would they say in a real life situation?

5. Would life be better or worse if everyone told the truth all the time?


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