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?
- How did Alexander Hamilton’s diligence advance the freedom of himself and others?
- What was Hamilton’s identity as a child? As a young man? As a student? As a member of the Continental Army? As a Founder?
- What was Hamilton’s purpose at the different stages of his life? How did that affect his diligence?
- Hamilton faced many difficulties throughout his life. How did his diligence help to define his performance in each role he had throughout life?
- What is the link between Hamilton’s identity and purpose throughout his 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?
- Understand the definition of diligence and the importance of being diligent in one’s life.
- Examine how Alexander Hamilton acted diligently during each period of his life.
- Discuss ways in which they can act diligently in their own lives.
- Apply knowledge of diligence and examples of diligent behavior in creating a plan for acting diligently in their own lives.