John Smith and Diligence45 min
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 John Smith exercise diligence to enhance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for himself and others?
- What did John Smith understand his identity to be and how did that affect his contribution to the establishment of the Virginia colony?
- What did John Smith understand his purpose to be in the events of the early 1600s?
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 John Smith’s character as a leader and his diligent actions in leading his settlers against overwhelming obstacles to contribute to the survival of Jamestown.
- Students will examine Smith’s 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.