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?
- Other than a Founding Father, a printer, and a businessman, what did Benjamin Franklin consider himself to be?
- Why did Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm?
- What responsibility did Franklin feel toward his community? How did this shape his purpose in his political and scientific life?
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 Benjamin Franklin’s drive to experiment and discover things about the world around him.
- Students will understand how they can pursue their purpose in their own lives.
- Students will apply this knowledge to discover, understand, and pursue their own purpose.