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?
- What was John Quincy Adams’ identity in relation to the fight against the House’s gag rule?
- What was John Quincy Adams’ purpose in fighting against the gag rule?
- How did Adams fight against the injustice of the gag rule?
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 Quincy Adams’ fight against the gag rule
- Students will analyze how John Quincy Adams’ actions were just
- Students will apply their understanding to how they can act justly in their own lives