In the Time of the Butterflies
In the Time of the Butterflies is the story of the four Mirabal sisters, who lived through the despotic regime of General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Throughout the novel that spans more than 50 years, Julia Alvarez masterfully weaves fact with fiction as she shares the hopes, fears, and struggles of Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and María Teresa.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
9th-10th Informational Text 1270L
Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters
9th-10th Opinion 1470L
Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society
7th-8th Informational Text 1160L
Total Control in North Korea
9th-10th Informational Text 1220L
Recalling Castro's Ascension — And CIA Reaction
7th-8th Philosophy 890L
On Reverencing the Husband
9th-10th Short Story 810L
The Faith Cure Man
11th-12th Informational Text 1250L
If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?
7th-8th Short Story 780L