One Giant Leap for Mankind: Neil Armstrong and Courage45 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?
- What contributions did Neil Armstrong and the other astronauts make towards the advancement of freedom through their demonstration of courage in the space race?
- In what ways did Armstrong’s courage contribute to his ability to lead the Apollo 11 mission?
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 evaluate Neil Armstrong’s courage during the early days of the space race.
- Students will analyze how courageous acts can promote progress.
- Students will apply their knowledge of courage to their own lives.