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 Ulysses S. Grant’s role in the surrender at Appomattox? How did it differ from Robert E. Lee’s?
- What was Grant’s purpose?
- What did Grant do at the surrender that showed his respect?
- How did Grant’s purpose affect his role as General-in-Chief of the Union army?
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 relationship between Grant and Lee at the surrender at Appomattox.
- Students will understand the purpose of being respectful even when you disagree with another person.
- Students will determine ways in which they can be respectful in their own lives.