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That Golden Moment: Jesse Owens and Identity

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 Jesse Owens?
  • What did Jesse Owens accomplish during the 1936 Olympics?
  • How did Jesse Owens’ experience in the 1936 Olympics help shape his identity?

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 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 Jesse Owens’ life and actions, and how his identity shaped them.
  • Students will understand how they can develop their own identity.
  • Students will apply this knowledge to focus and refine their personal identity.