What arguments are the authors making? What inspires these arguments?
If the piece isn’t explicitly argumentative, discuss the author’s thematic focus. Do not just summarize the plot for works of fiction.
How do the authors make these arguments? What kinds of evidence do they use?
For works of fiction, consider how the author approaches the big theme they write on.
What are some of your critiques of these readings?
What stands out to you in these readings?
What issues do they bring up that could be put into conversation with our 21st century world?
How does the piece shape your understanding of what it means to be American?
How does the piece contribute to our thinking of diversity as a value?