As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- What fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- In what ways did Christopher Columbus exercise diligence to enhance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for himself and others?
- What did Christopher Columbus understand his identity to be, and how did that affect his efforts to sail for Asia?
- What did Christopher Columbus understand his purpose to be in the events of the late 1400s?
Discuss the following questions with your students.
- What is the historical context of the narrative?
- What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
- How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
- How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
- How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
- What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
- Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
- How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
- Students will analyze Christopher Columbus’ character as a leader and his diligent actions in leading his sailors against overwhelming obstacles to arrive at San Salvador.
- Students will examine Columbus’ demonstration of diligence.
- Students will understand why diligence is an essential virtue in their own lives.
- Students will act diligently in their own lives to protect freedom.