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 Washington’s beliefs about himself influence his diligent pursuit of an education? How did both lead him to contribute to his community?
- How is struggle related to confidence? How did Booker T. Washington’s struggle and his race relate to his identity and his purpose?
- How did Washington’s identity affect his actions?
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?
- Identify and discuss the circumstances that made it difficult for Washington to achieve his goals
- Analyze and discuss the character traits that enabled Washington to overcome the obstacles that he encountered
- Create a map that demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between Washington’s diligence, his accomplishment of his goals, and his contribution toward his own freedom and that of others
- Students will compare themselves and their individual circumstances to Washington and his circumstances
- Students will evaluate their own degree of diligence and the ways that they can apply this character trait more deliberately in their own lives