Teachers will need to display, post, or give each student the following wrap-up questions to use with the text:
1. Write the question you were asked to answer.
2. Underline key words from the question that will help you focus on your response.
3. Reread the text and list words, phrases, sentences, and ideas in the text that can help you answer the question.
4. Think about how the evidence you gathered in step 3 can help you answer the question: Which pieces of evidence are the strongest? Place check marks by the strongest ones.
5. Write your response to the question using the strongest pieces of evidence. Link each piece of the evidence to the question. Identify this connection clearly for your reader.
These are some sample questions that can be used with the essay to answer the above questions:
- How does Quindlen compare the qualities of the U.S. to those of a quilt in the first paragraph?
- In the second sentence, what does the author mean by "mongrel nation"?
- The author says, "You know the answer" at the end of the third paragraph. Why does he say this? How does this question affect the tone of the article?
- When the author says people were concerned that "the left side of the hyphen--African-American, Mexican-Irish, Irish-American--would overwhelm the right", what does she mean?
- What can you infer about the author's childhood and her neighborhood?
- What questions does this text raise but not answer?