The following four-page document provides a pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading discussion on Maria Elena Llano's magical realist short story "In the Family." The first page is an anticipation guide that prepares students to make independent opinions on statements that they'll encounter in the work's characterization and themes. The second page contains challenging words that students should look up in advance to understand how they're used in the work. The second and third pages contain comprehension questions that guide students to understand the work's characterization (direct and indirect), conflict, foreshadowing, genre characteristics, idioms, and plot points. The fourth page contains discussion questions that challenge students to consider the short story's point of view, resolution, and theme(s).