National Endowment for the Arts - The Big Read
In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies

by Julia Alvarez

I found in literature a place where the table was set for all. Everybody was welcome. I found true democracy in reading.

Schedule/Lesson Plans

This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 class study of Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.

Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide CD. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.

Day One
Focus: Biography
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Two
Focus: Culture and History
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Three
Focus: Narrative and Point of View
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Four
Focus: Characters
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Five
Focus: Figurative Language
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Six
Focus: Symbols
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Seven
Focus: Character Development
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Eight
Focus: The Plot Unfolds
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Nine
Focus: Themes
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Ten
Focus: What Makes a Writer Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]


Handout 1: In the Time of the Butterflies as a Work of Historical Fiction [PDF]
Handout 2: Roles of Women in the Dominican Republic [PDF]
Handout 3: The Fourteenth of June Movement and November 25th [PDF]

Download all ten lesson plans and handouts [.zip]

Page numbers refer to the 2010 Algonquin books paperback edition of In the Time of the Butterflies.

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