Sergeant Alvin C. York’s Responsibility45 min
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?
- What was Alvin C. York’s role in the attack on Hill 223?
- Why was taking this hill critical to the Allied effort?
- What do Alvin C. York’s actions 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 analyze Alvin C. York’s performance during the attack on Hill 223.
- Students will understand how responsibility played a role in his performance.
- Students will apply this knowledge to better understand responsibility in their own lives.