Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez is the story of Anita, a girl coming of age during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. For students, this text provides the opportunity to research and build knowledge about government and culture, even as they read and discuss how Anita responds to the change that is happening in her country and her life.
This literature guide includes:
• 6 reader response journal pages, with one set of questions and/or research prompts for each chapter.
• 5 final essay ideas.
• 2 final research project ideas.
This literature guide was written for 6th grade standards but could be used with students in grades 6-8.