I’ve been thinking a lot about courage lately. Some people seem to feel that it is synonymous with confidence, but I disagree. Confidence that you are doing the right thing does not necessarily make you courageous. In fact, I would argue that many courageous decisions are made with hesitation, and that tragic outcomes do not make the actions any less brave. I also know that courage does not have to be “big.” There are many small, courageous actions taken every day by unassuming heroes – as Mark Bezos reminds us in his tale of saving the shoes, and The King of the Island portrays with beautiful subtlety.
What is courage, then? With this great Google Slides Hyperdoc created by Sarah Landis, you and your students can explore the complex meaning of this word. Rich with thought-provoking discussion questions, “Courage” will invite your students to consider the many layers of the word with scenarios, videos, and writing prompts all collected into one digital document. It is an excellent resource for any secondary ELA classroom.
To learn more about Hyperdocs, visit this site created by Landis and her two colleagues, where they provide many other examples for use in all subjects. Also, Laura Moore has an excellent reflection on Hyperdocs here, which also gives links to awesome Hyperdoc projects.