Guiding Questions and Big Ideas
What are social issues that exist in our country? Specifically, what are social issues that exist based on
policy/laws outlined by our government?
How do stories give power to those who hope to tackle those social issues?
One huge social issue that exists in our country is the forced separation of families based on immigration
status. These have been further exascerbated through recent U.S. government policies.
Stories, in this unit, Diane’s story, give power to those hoping to tackle social issues, because they tell of
important events. They also have themes that help readers understand the world and often empower people
to fight injustices.