Teacher Guide

In the Time of the Butterflies Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of Alvarez’s life that shaped her worldview and her writings;

  2. 2

    Understand and analyze the historical framing for this novel, and the specific events that surrounded the Fourteenth of June Movement in the Dominican Republic, which led to the deaths of the Mirabal sisters;

  3. 3

    Read In the Time of the Butterflies with an eye to the linguistic and thematic details that Alvarez is known for, and recognize the broader themes present throughout In the Time of the Butterflies;

  4. 4

    Analyze and discuss, both...

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