by Margaret Gushue
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.
- Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
In “Marian’s Revolution,” Sudipta Bardhan Quallen describes the life of Marian Anderson, an African American singer, who helped combat racial discrimination in the early 1900s.Pair “Marian’s Revolution” with “African American Suffragists” and ask students to discuss how the African American women in the two texts contributed to civil rights. How did Marian Anderson and the African American women in “African American Suffragists” challenge discrimination?
Justice for All
- Lynn Rymarz
In the informational text “Justice for All,” Lynn Rymarz discusses Ida B. Wells’ fight for justice against the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.Pair “Justice for All” with “African American Suffragists” to provide students with additional information about Ida B. Wells. Ask students to discuss how both texts explore the discrimination that Wells faced. How did Wells confront the unfair treatment she received for her race and gender and work to change it?
Women Who Spoke Up
- Andrew Matthews
In the informational text “Women who Spoke Up,” Andrew Matthews discusses inspiring women who have contributed to change throughout history.Pair “African American Suffragists” with “Women who Spoke Up” to provide students with information about notable African American suffragists. Ask students to discuss what it was like to be a woman in the late 19th and early 20th century. What obstacles did they face? How did black women face additional challenges during this time? Ask students to compare the information provided in both texts about Ida B. Wells. In what ways was Wells an inspiring and influential woman?