by Mike Kubic
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Excerpt from The Prince
- Niccoló Machiavelli
Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, and writer based in Florence. His masterpiece, The Prince, published in 1532, advises new princes on how to get and retain power by any means necessary.Pair this excerpt from “The Prince” with “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” and ask students to compare Trujillo’s approach to leadership with the philosophy of Niccoló Machiavelli.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
- Saul McLeod
The Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted by Phillip Zimbardo in 1971. By organizing an exercise that simulated prison life, Zimbardo intended to discover how quickly people conformed to the roles of guard and prisoner. While many people thought that brutality reported among American prison guards had to do with personalities, some thought it had to do with the prison environment.Pair “The Stanford Prison Experiment” with “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” and have students compare and discuss the heavy influence and hold that absolute power can have over any individual.
Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States
- Mike Kubic
In “Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States,” the article discusses the rise of Cold War tensions between Cuba and the U.S., focusing on the policies and actions of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.Pair "Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States" with "Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters" and ask students to compare these historic dictatorships. What roles did they play in larger conflicts? How did each leader rise and fall from power?
Behind Closed Doors: 'Colorism' in the Caribbean
- Michel Martin
In the interview “Behind Closed Doors: ‘Colorism’ in the Caribbean,” Michel Martin discusses colorism in the Dominican Republic with Frances Robles.Pair “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” with “Behind Closed Doors: ‘Colorism’ in the Caribbean” to provide students with additional information concerning the Dominican Republic’s history. How do the events discussed in “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” contribute to students’ understanding of the relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti?
The Spark That Brought Down Trujillo
- CommonLit Staff
The informational text “The Spark That Brought Down Trujillo” describes how Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship was irreparably damaged after he had three sisters murdered.Pair “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” with “The Spark That Brought Down Trujillo” and ask students to compare the information provided in the two texts. How do both texts depict the rise and fall of Rafael Trujillo? How do both texts describe the lasting legacy of the Mirabal sisters? What is Mike Kubic’s purpose in the text and how does it compare to the author’s purpose in “The Spark That Brought Down Trujillo”?
The Three Sisters, Avenged: A Dominican Drama
- Larry Rohter
In the 1997 New York Times article “The Three Sisters, Avenged: A Dominican Drama,” Larry Rohter discusses the murder of the Maribal sisters and how the Dominican Republic continues to honor their sacrifice.Pair “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” with “The Three Sisters, Avenged: A Dominican Drama” to provide students with additional information about Trujillo’s regime and the Mirabal sisters’ murder. Ask students to discuss how both texts portray Trujillo. Why did people, including the Mirabal sisters, challenge Trujillo’s regime?
Daughter of Invention
- Julia Alvarez
In Julia Alvarez’s short story “Daughter of Invention,” a girl struggles to prepare and present a speech in front of her school.Pair “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” with “Daughter of Invention” to provide students with additional information about the political climate in the Dominican Republic that the narrator and her family left behind. Ask students to discuss why the narrator’s father reacts so strongly to a speech he views as disrespectful of authority. What might have happened to the narrator if she had read this speech in school while living in the Dominican Republic?
The Reign of Terror
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text, “The Reign of Terror,” Jessica McBirney discusses the circumstances surrounding the violent period during the French Revolution.Pair “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” with “The Reign of Terror” and ask students to compare the corrupt leaders discussed in the two texts. How did Rafael Trujillo and Maximilien Robespierre use violence and fear to control people? How was Trujillo’s rule brought to an end? How does this compare to the end of Robespierre’s influence?
What happens to North Koreans who flee their country — and what can they tell us?
- Alexander Dukalskis
In the informational text, “What happens to North Koreans who flee their country – and what can they tell us?” Alexander Dukalskis discusses what he has learned from North Koreans who left their country.Pair “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” with “What happens to North Koreans who flee their country – and what can they tell us?” to provide students with another example of a controlling leader and government. Ask students to discuss how Rafael Trujillo’s regime compares to the Kim regime? How did people challenge Trujillo’s regime? Why do students think that North Koreans would rather leave than challenge the Kim regime?