As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- hat fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- In what ways did John Adams and Abigail Adams demonstrate respect for others, seeking to enhance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for themselves and others?
- What was the identity of Abigail Adams during the Revolutionary War? To what extent do you see an emphasis on the virtue of respect in her words and actions?
- As he participated in the Continental Congress, how did John Adams see his purpose? How did Abigail Adams see her purpose?
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 Abigail Adams’s thoughts on the issue of women’s rights.
- Students will examine Abigail Adams’s understanding of respect as a necessary virtue.
- Students will understand why cultivating respect affects the future of the United States.
- Students will demonstrate respect in their own lives to protect freedom.