Historical Heroes

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High schoolers determine whether the ends truly justify the means by examining the behavior of historical and fictional heroes. They view and discuss film versions of Gangs of New York and Les Miserables. Then they break into small groups to chose an event in recent history to write an essay on whether the ends can justify the means.

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Classroom Considerations

  • Resource references the Iraq War as a recent event; supplement with more current news stories to keep the lesson relevant