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 was Franklin’s identity tied to his fight for abolition?
- What was Franklin’s purpose in writing his petition?
- What made Franklin write his petition and later his satirical piece about slavery?
- What did the purpose of Franklin’s petition 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 evaluate Benjamin Franklin’s efforts to petition Congress to abolish slavery.
- Students will evaluate why Franklin’s actions to promote justice for slaves was important.
- Students will apply their knowledge of justice to their own experiences.
- Students will promote justice for themselves and others.