by Patricia A. Miller
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Women of Hidden Figures
- Jessica McBirney
In “The Women of Hidden Figures,” Jessica McBirney describes three famous African American women who performed crucial work at NASA during the Space Race.Pair “The Women of Hidden Figures” with “A Century of Blossoms” and ask students to compare each woman’s journey in each text with the expectations of women in their generation. What led to their success? Did the women have similar or different responses to failure and setback? Was any one woman’s response the most successful? Why or why not? How were the women in both texts able to have a lasting legacy in America?
- Bobbi Katz
In Bobbi Katz’s poem “April,” a speaker describes the springtime.Pair “April” with “A Century of Blossoms” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the idea of renewal. What does the speaker in “April” find beautiful about the spring? How do the cherry blossoms improve the area around the Potomac River Basin in “A Century of Blossoms”? How does the speaker’s grandmother in “April” have a similar response that people still have to the cherry blossoms today in “A Century of Blossoms”?
From Pit to Pond
- Wendy Hobday Haugh
In the memoir “From Pit to Pond,” Wendy Hobday Haugh describes turning a pit in her backyard into a pond.Pair “From Pit to Pond” with “A Century of Blossoms” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the theme of beauty. How does Wendy Hobday Haugh change the pit in her backyard into a pond? How does this compare to what Eliza Scidmore must go through to plant cherry blossoms along the Potomac River Basin? What led to each woman’s success?