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?
- How did Louis Zamperini promote freedom?
- Who was Louis Zamperini? Why was his experience significant?
- What was Louis’s purpose as a runner? As a bombardier? As a plane crash survivor? As a POW?
- What did Louis do to remain purposeful throughout each of his ordeals?
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 the purposeful actions and resilience of Louis Zamperini.
- Students will understand how being purposeful can help them achieve success.
- Students will apply their knowledge of purpose to their own lives.