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The Tuskegee Airmen: Defending and Improving the United States

45 min

Walk-In-The-Shoes Questions
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?

Observation Questions

  • Who were the Tuskegee Airmen?
  • Why were the efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen important for the Allied war effort during the Second World War? For the status of African Americans in the military? For the social status of African Americans at home?
  • What do the actions of the Tuskegee Airmen say about their identity as a unit? As individuals?

Discussion Questions
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 performance of the Tuskegee Airmen during the Second World War.
  • Students will understand how respect can help guide their identity and purpose.
  • Students will apply this knowledge to better understanding respect in their own lives.

Student Handouts