by Libby Wilson
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.
Healing ‘Brick City’: A Newark Doctor Returns Home
- NPR Staff
A physician who overcame a difficult upbringing meditates on the nature of his career and the relationship between medicine and public service.Pair “Healing ‘Brick City’: A Newark Doctor Returns Home” with “A Rough and Rugged Road” and ask students to compare Sampson Davis’ success story with Maggie L. Walker’s. What obstacles did Davis and Walker encounter at early ages? How did they overcome these obstacles to do amazing things later in life?
The Many and the Few
- J. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis’ poem “The Many and the Few,” a speaker describes the historic moment when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Pair “The Many and the Few” with “A Rough and Rugged Road” and ask students to discuss how the poem can apply to Maggie L. Walker’s accomplishments. How is Maggie an example of the “few” who created change for the “many”?
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 Rough and Rugged Road” and ask students to discuss how these African American women helped create important social change. How did the African American women in these two texts make it possible for other African American women to pursue positions of power and influence? What obstacles did they encounter because of their race and gender?