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In the Time of the Butterflies eNotes Curriculum Plan

by eNotes

  • Release Date: April 15, 2019
  • Subjects: Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10 and Grade 9
  • Pages: 109
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Each of the following lessons is geared to a specific skill category and Common Core standard. It includes a step-by-step guide to teaching the lesson as well as handouts, assessments, modification, and enrichment activities. The lessons follow the chronology of the story of In the Time of the Butterflies.

  1. What is the tone?
  2. Evaluating the structure and use of memoir
  3. Voice and narrative structure
  4. Researching historical context
  5. Choices and consequences
  6. Words in context
  7. Foreshadowing
  8. Metaphor
  9. Diary as narrative
  10. Examining courage
  11. Spanish words in context
  12. Evaluating characters and actions
  13. Comparing across media
  14. Comparing characters
  15. Character and narrative in fiction
  16. Historical context
  17. Justifying sacrifice
  18. Crafting an argument
  19. Similes
  20. Personification
  21. Using dialogue
  22. Understanding voice and character


This is a full six-week unit to teach In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. All of the lesson are aligned to Common Core Standards for 9th-10th grade.

This eNotes Curriculum Plan has been developed to teach students key reading skills. Whereas many lesson plans focus on the comprehension of a single text, eNotes Curriculum Plans build the expertise that enables students to understand a variety of texts. Using an exemplar text as a guide, the plan teaches students to perform textual analysis, develop an argument, and connect style, structure, and theme.

Our Curriculum Plans have been developed by experienced teachers who shared their best ideas for how to engage students, optimize their lesson time, and instill fundamental reading skills. These are tried and tested practices that have successfully advanced students’ comprehension of complex literary works and prepared them for the reading they will do as college students and adults.

Each lesson begins with an introduction that highlights the skill category and objectives of the lesson. The skills are designed to deepen understanding of the work currently being studied as well as other texts that the student encounters in his or her future reading. All of our lessons are aligned to Common Core standards, and we list the specific standards that are met by each lesson.

Each lesson also includes an instructional guide that provides step-by-step directions on how to present the material, engage students in an activity, and conclude the class. We have included suggestions on how to modify and enhance the material, as well as an assessment for student work. Many of the lessons also include handouts that can be photocopied and implemented in the classroom.

We hope you and your students enjoy these lessons. Our goal is to provide an effective, engaging experience in the classroom and develop the skills that will enable students to be lifelong readers.

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