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Courage Under Fire: The Selfless Decision of John Robert Fox

45 min

Walk-In-The-Shoes Questions
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?

Observation Questions

  • Who was John Robert Fox?
  • What did John Robert Fox do on the cold day in December of 1944?
  • How did the selfless actions of John Robert Fox help the allied effort against the Gothic Line in Italy in 1944?

Discussion Questions
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 the 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 explore the actions of John Robert Fox
  • Students will understand how his selfless actions helped the allied cause and the soldiers he served with
  • Students will learn the importance of being selfless in their own lives

Student Handouts