Ambition Graphic Organizer
- I can differentiate between self-sacrificing and self-serving ambition by naming examples and supporting my claims with evidence.
Make a list of three examples in stories or movies of characters who were ambitious to serve the larger good and three who pursued their own self-interested ambition. Then complete the rest of the chart. The first row is done for you as an example.
|Using one’s talents and ambition to only serve oneself
|Using one’s talents and ambition for the greater good
|Character from Movie/Book/Story
(What did they do?)
(Explain your reasoning for labeling this character as self-sacrificing or self-serving.)
|Example: Gingerbread Man
|Bragging about how fast he is and how no one can catch him
|Ultimately, failed for trusting a fox to help him in his ambition to be the fastest. His ambition blinded him to the fox’s interest of eating him.
Reflection and Discussion Questions
- How do you know when ambition is self-sacrificing or self-serving?
- Why is ambition directed toward self-sacrifice and public service a civic virtue, whereas self-interested ambition is a vice?