Our next good read. . .Before we were Free

Join us March 5th at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 for our next book group discussion.  We will be discussing Julia Alvarez’s, Before we were Free.  We can’t wait to hear what you have to say! If you couldn’t make it to our February meeting, be sure to let us know what you thought about Return to Sender by commenting on a post.  We want to know what you think about the book!!

Happy Reading!


4 thoughts on “Our next good read. . .Before we were Free

  1. I am very interested in reading this book. I am a third grade ESL teacher. Do you think this book would be appropriate to read aloud to a third, almost fourth grade class?

    • Great Question!! I think it’s a wonderful book, especially for an ESL class, but it may not be appropriate for your 3rd grade class. For ESL students it is a good example of how an author can play around with code-switching, using both languages, etc. It’s appropriateness really depends on the maturity level of your particular class–all teachers know this varies from year to year. There would definitely be parts that you may want to edit out. While it is not incredibly explicit, the story does occasionally refer to some of the torture and disappearances that occurred during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Not to spoil the ending, but it is sad. You might want to check out the book we featured last month “Return to Sender”. Another great story, probably easier to use with 3rd graders, and we’ve already got an educator’s guide put together that gives lessons and activities with common core standards. You can find a link to a pdf of the guide or the guide itself under the Educator’s Guides tab at the top of the main page. Just click on Return to Sender underneath Educator’s Guides.

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