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 Abraham Lincoln demonstrate respect in order to enhance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for himself and others in his Second Inaugural Address?
- What was Abraham Lincoln’s identity during the Civil War? To what extent do you see emphasis on the virtue of respect in his words and actions?
- As the Civil War drew to a close and he began his second term as president, how did Lincoln see his purpose as president?
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 Abraham Lincoln’s character as a leader and his commitment to respecting people who had fought against the Union during the Civil War.
- Students will examine Lincoln’s understanding of respect as a practical virtue.
- Students will understand why cultivating respect affects the future of the United States.
- Students will demonstrate respect in their own lives to protect freedom.