by Samuel K. Jennings
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 Yellow Wallpaper
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a groundbreaking short story from 1892 told through journal entries that chronicles a woman’s struggle in dealing with male physicians who will not take her illness seriously.Pair “Advice to the Newly Married Woman” with “The Yellow Wallpaper” and ask students to consider the differing perspectives of a man and a woman on gender in the 19th century.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
- Susan Stamberg
This article is a production of National Public Radio (NPR), written by Susan Stamberg. During WWII, a shortage of male pilots in the United States led to the formation of a group called WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Stamberg reports on this relatively little-known group, and its struggle for national and military recognition.Pair “Advice to the Newly Married Lady” with “Female WWII Pilots” and ask students to consider the different characterizations of women in these two texts. What would the women in WASP likely have thought about Jennings’ advice?
Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll’d!
Written anonymously, by a young female poet if the title is accurate, this poem laments the position of women as was then believed to be natural: subservient to men.Pair “Advice to the Newly Married Lady” with “Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll’d” and ask students to discuss the relationship between a wife and husband, as depicted in both pieces.
On Reverence for Parents
- Zhao Ban
- c. 49 - c. 120
This ancient text urges unmarried women to treat their parents with the utmost respect.Pair “On Reverence for Parents” with “Advice to the Newly Married Lady” and ask students to compare the way in which each text takes up the question of how we should define the roles of men and women as a society. Does Jennings’ text set forth any of the same stereotypes or traditional views presented by Zhao Ban in her piece? Do you find the dictatorial declaration of what is or is not appropriate in terms of women’s behavior more problematic when it comes from a man? In what ways do you think traditional societies relied on the subjugation of women and the participation of women in their own oppression?
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Marie Curie,” Barrett Smith discusses the life and accomplishments of one of the most influential female scientists of all time.Pair “Advice to the Newly Married Lady” with “Marie Curie” to provide students with additional information about the expectations surrounding women during the 19th century. Ask students to discuss how Samuel K. Jennings defines a successful marriage and how it compares to Marie Curie’s marriage to her husband. What would have happened if Marie Curie behaved as Jennings suggests in “Advice to the Newly Married Lady”?