Comprehension-Based Reader™
Minerva Mirabal relentlessly fought for justice for the people of the Dominican Republic, and didn't back down even in the face of death.

Level 3 and up / Intermediate Low — Intermediate High

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Even as a young girl growing up in Ojo de Agua, Dominican Republic, Minerva Mirabal had a keen sense of justice and was never afraid to stand up for the powerless. Not surprisingly, the tenacious young woman became a lawyer and an activist. However, as the threats of a tyrannical dictatorship edged closer to her own home and family, her refusal to be silent became more dangerous. This is the inspiring account of one woman and her sisters, the “Butterflies,” who defied their fear and raised their voices, courageously becoming an inspiration to the world.

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Minerva’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Fluency Matters’ intermediate readers maintain a high-frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels. But do not focus on language structures or the advanced grammatical features embedded in this story.


  • Level 3 and up
  • Past tense
  • Unique word count: 275
  • Total word count: 8126
  • Page count: 81
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
  • A 600+ page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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Minerva Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 600+ pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, blooming comprehension, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow

    Pre-Reading Unit

    Anticipation Guide, Map Talk, A Bunch of Hunches, Quite the character, Republica Dominicana Slideshow


    Slideshows: Acoso Escolar, Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer, Dictadores , El Trujillato, La ONU y la OEA, Partner PicStory Game

    Readings: “Día Internacional de la Mujer”, “El exilio”, “La desnutrición”, “La educación dominicana”, “Rafael Leónidas Trujillo”, “Razones por las que se enamoran las personas”, “Santo Domingo”, “Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo”

    Scene Machine, Las hermanas Mirabál: Family information

    Features and Highlights:

    Reader’s Theater Scripts, ¿Al principio o al final?, ¿Cómo? ¿Cuándo? ¿Dónde?, ¿Primero o segundo?, ‘Placement Test‘ Activity, 6 of One, Half Dozen of Another, Alerta, Basquetbolito Game, Curtain Call, Discussion Thursday, Eight is Enough Gallery Walk, Eventful, Find the Faker, Game: The Last Word, Juego de memoria, Loading...Please Stand By, Market Partner Game, Numbered Heads Together, On Deck, Order Up, Partner PicStory, Pass it up!, The End, The Splits, The Unfair Game (may be played in PowerPoint or low tech on the board), Toma uno, por favor, Which Sitch is Which?, Yellow Brick Road Retell

    End of Unit Assessments:

    Final Multiple Choice, Final Proficiency, Make a Scene – Presentational, Pecha Kucha Speaking


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