Pick one question to use as the start of a discussion thread. Did Esperanza and her family do the right thing in deciding not to join the workers’ strike? What would you have done in her situation? How might the story have been different if Esperanza had become a striker? How would Esperanza’s experience be different if she tried to immigrate to the U.S. today, instead of in 1930? What do you think of “voluntary deportation”? Is this a peaceful or violent way to handle the situation with the strikers? Did Esperanza do the right thing by helping Marta and risking the chance of being deported herself? Tackle the background question about authenticity that is posed in the background information : who has the right to write?