Goals for the Week:
- Follow along with the daily readings of short stories.
- Decide on and begin a project from the Choice Board
- Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates
- Understand a moral dilemma
- Read and analyze the short story “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” by Michael Bruce
- Watch an episode from a television show or a scene from a movie about a moral dilemma
- ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze 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.
- ELAGSE9-10RL3 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.
I can analyze the representation of a moral dilemma in fiction by watching a movie clip and reading a short story, so that I can determine what a moral dilemma is and identify one in various mediums.
A moral dilemma is a situation in which a person is torn between right and wrong. A moral dilemma often forces the individual to decide which option he or she can live with, but any outcomes are extremely unpleasant no matter what. Moral dilemmas are used to help people think through the reasoning for their beliefs and actions.
Check out this scene from the movie Titanic where the crew decides who is allowed to get into the lifeboats first. Would you have made the same decision as the crew? Why or why not? What do you think would happen if the crew didn’t make a decision right away?
Your assignment for this unit!
You will have one major assignment for this unit, and you get to choose it! Visit the choice board and select one project to complete about one story. In other words,
- Choose one of the short stories we read over the next two weeks.
- Choose one project from the Choice Board
- Here is the full list of stories and the Choice Board.
- Complete your chosen project about your chosen story by Friday, May 1st, at 11:59pm
“Gentlemen, Your Verdict” by Michael Bruce
This is the story about twenty men trapped in a submarine at the bottom of the ocean. Help will not arrive for 7 days but there is only enough oxygen available in the submarine to last the entire crew about 2 days. The captain has a decision to make…
Questions to consider during and after reading:
- What is the moral dilemma the Captain faces? Does the crew face any moral dilemmas?
- What is a sense of duty? Does the crew recognize their sense of duty?
- Did the Captain make a good decision? Was it right? Why or why not?
- Who decides what is right and wrong?
- What would you do if you were in the Captains position? How would you feel towards the Captain if you were one of the survivors?
- I want you to think about a television show or movie that features a moral dilemma (I immediately thought of the television show How to Get Away with Murder and the movie Stranger than Fiction). If possible, go and watch either an episode from the television show of your choice or a scene from the movie of your choice via a streaming service or whatever method that you have available. After you watch, determine: Who makes the decision about the moral dilemma in your example? Do you agree with the decision? Why or why not?
- Check out this Buzz Feed poll to see how you compare to other people when it comes to making a decision about a moral dilemma. Content warning: some of these scenarios are extremely dark. If you want to look at the poll, you should do it with a trusted adult so that you can talk about what you’re reading and seeing. ()
Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist
If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!