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?
- In what ways did the first responders on September 11, 2001 (9/11) demonstrate self-sacrifice to advance freedom for others?
- Several members of the 40/35 Firehouse crew responded to the need even though they were off-duty when the attack occurred. What did they understand their identity to be?
- What did the 9/11 first responders understand their purpose to be, and how did that understanding affect their actions?
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 commitment, actions, and character of members of the 40/35 Firehouse crew on 9/11.
- Students will understand why self-sacrifice is an essential virtue in their own lives.
- Students will demonstrate self-sacrifice when faced with the choice of pursuing their own goals or pursuing even nobler goals.