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Courage and Self-Sacrifice: Michael Shaara
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Courage and Self-Sacrifice: Michael Shaara

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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Handout
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Why do ordinary citizens risk their lives for their country? Explore the virtue of courage and how it can be cultivated, especially among self-interested citizens oriented toward the pursuit of their own happiness, in Michael Shaara's story, "Chamberlain." Visit the following links for a study guide of the story, biographical information, and a video discussion with editors Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass and Professor Eliot A. Cohen. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3

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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

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