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?
- Who was John Adams? What was his role in the trial of the British soldiers?
- What was his purpose in defending the soldiers? How did his purpose relate to the virtue of justice?
- What character traits did John Adams demonstrate in his role as defender of the British soldiers?
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 examine John Adams’ defense of the soldiers in the Boston Massacre trial and how Adams acted justly.
- Students will develop ways in which they can act with justice in their own lives.