The following six-page study guide on Junot Diaz's "Fiesta, 1980" includes an anticipation guide on page one, comprehension questions on pages two, three, four, and five, and discussion questions on page six. The anticipation guide prepares students for the story and theme-related topics of discussion posed in the short story. The anticipation guide features "before" statements that students will write whether they agree or disagree with each statement and explain why. Students are asked to complete the "after" statements after they have reflected on the work.
The comprehension and discussion questions on pages two, three, four, and five have a few low level comprehension questions on story (e.g. What is the setting? Why is a party being thrown?), but many questions are higher level, critical thinking questions (e.g. How is the Puerto Rican mistress a foil to Mami?) and assess students' analysis of the work's allusions, conflict, figurative language, imagery, indirect characterization, flashbacks, inferences, plot, point of view, setting, situational irony, subtext, and themes. The second page also requires students to look up and find the definitions for Spanish words that they might not know prior to reading the story to understand how these words are used in the short story and how they showcase Diaz's style. The fifth page contains discussion questions on the work's characterization, climax, genre, slang, style, and themes.
This packet can be used as a formative assessment to prepare students for a summative assessment of a 20-question multiple choice quiz that is available as a separate purchase by clicking here