There are 3 things I want you to do for each chapter.
1. I'm going to post up a few questions for each chapter and I'd like you (obviously) to answer each question. I will not write all of the questions/comments I have, because for each chapter...
2. I'd like you to come up with at least one question/comment that you have for the chapter - something that you'd like the rest of us to comment on. As these are your books, and you can write in them as you read, you should be underlining/writing down questions as you go along.
3. I'd like you to include your favorite line(s) of the chapter. It might be a line that made you think or it might be something that you'd never realized before -- anything that catches your fancy. Explain why you liked the line. Feel free to comment on one another's favorite lines.
Keep in mind that I'm going to post my questions for the first FOUR chapters now. Therefore, you're going to have to look down a while to find the questions to previous chapters, but I'm thinking that you all are intelligent enough to figure that out.
I will be grading you on three different things -- (1) your answers to the my questions, (2) your questions, AND (3) on the comments that you provide on others' questions -- so please make sure to comment on the work/questions of others...
Here are my questions for Chapter 1, which I'd like you to answer (they might overlap a bit with the questions from our previous Socratic Seminar):
1. Should we hold it against Washington and Jefferson that they owned slaves, given that they were doing exactly the same thing that most of their peers were doing?
2. Ambrose says that "Few of us entirely escape our times and places -- do you think this is true?
3. My favorite line - "Jefferson, by his words, gave us aspirations. Washington, through his actions, showed us what was possible. Lincoln's courage turned both into reality."