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 John F. Kennedy’s identity during this time? Was it different from how others perceived his identity?
- What were the purposes of Kennedy’s speech? What were Kennedy’s purposes as president?
- What did the purpose of Kennedy’s speech reveal about him as a leader?
- Kennedy implored his fellow citizens to act responsibly in their own lives. What did this say about Kennedy’s own 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 John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address.
- Students will examine Kennedy’s understanding of responsibility in American citizens.
- Students will understand why acting responsibly affects the future of the United States.
- Students will act responsibly in their own lives to protect freedom.