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?
- Who was Robert Gould Shaw? Why was it significant that he took over the command of the 54th Massachusetts?
- What does Robert Gould Shaw’s decision to take command of the 54th say about his purpose?
- What did Robert Gould Shaw’s decision 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 Robert Gould Shaw’s decision to take command of the 54th Massachusetts
- Students will understand how they can make courageous decisions
- Students will apply their knowledge of courage to their own lives.