Great Debates is as an information-packed series that stimulates smart discussion with tough questions. Each book in the series aligns with Common Core Language Arts Anchor Standards for Reading Informational Text and Speaking and Listening and contains critical thinking components in regards to social issues and history. Great Debates takes its name from the spirited discourse that surrounds each historical theme in the series. The narrative pauses at defining moments and "drops in" on influential Americans battling over two sides of a key issue. Readers learn how arguments are framed, and make eye-opening connections between great debates from the past and the ones that are taking place today. Text strengthens critical thinking skills with open-ended questions concerning social issues and history. Readers are invited to "find their own voice" and get involved if they find they have an interest in the issue.