Junot Díaz: How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl and Halfie & Alma

The Dominican Republic and New Jersey as “elsewhere.” 


Class Activity

Find and discuss any section of the story that could prove the following arguments.

“How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, and Halfie” 

.With this story, Junot Díaz is trying to make the reader aware of the connections between race, ethnicity and socio-economic class in New Jersey.

.With irony, Junot Díaz is displaying in this story the racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes embedded in suburban New Jersey.


.Through this story, Díaz is challenging the stereotypes about Latinas’ education level, cultural tastes, and mobility.

. In Díaz’s story, the romantic and sexual (mis) adventures foster Yunior’s writing and skills as a storyteller.

. Connecting this story by Díaz to previous ones, a reader could argue that Yunior followed the romantic and masculine template promoted by his father.


Work Cited Page



A sample of an introduction

(1)_______________ (concise introduction of your topic). (2)___________________ (presentation of the text and author you are going to analyze). (3) __________________ (research question in direct relationship to the texts you are analysing). (4)___________ I will argue that_________________ (your thesis statement on the texts).

Body Paragraphs

You bring evidence to support your thesis statement from the primary sources: Pietri or Díaz.

You cite secondary sources about Pietri or Diáz to support your claims.

A sample of a conclusion 

(1) In this essay I examined the (theme)______________ in ______________ (literary work and author). (2) I argued that_____________ and I brought evidence from the following scenes or sections _____________.  (3) In conclusion, I found that this author deal with this themes to _______________. In my opinion _____________ (closing statement).



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