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 Stephen Decatur’s role in the First Barbary War?
- Why was it so critical to remove the Philadelphia from Tripoli Harbor?
- What do Stephen Decatur’s actions say about his identity?
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 Stephen Decatur’s performance during the raid on the U.S.S. Philadelphia.
- Students will understand how they can pursue their purpose in their own lives
- Students will apply this knowledge to discover their own purpose.