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Vargas, Jose Antonio
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What does Jose Vargas mean when he talks about homelessness?

Students should be able to identify and discuss the fact that Vargas is not only writing about physical homelessness but also about "the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants" find themselves in (2). This is an emotional, psychological, and mental homelessness.

What is universal about the undocumented immigrant experience?

Students should identify the three universal experiences outlined in the Note to Readers: Lying, Passing, and Hiding. They may also refer to examples of Lying, Passing, and Hiding from the book.

In your opinion, what does it mean to be a citizen?

After reading Dear America, students should be able to reflect critically on the nature of citizenship and explain what their definition of citizenship means to them. Their response should demonstrate critical thinking skills and a well-rationalized discussion.

In your opinion, what does it mean to be American?

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