by Barbara Kramer
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.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
- Josh Bean
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn’t be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?” with “Alice Coachman Jumps for the Sky” and ask students to discuss how women are treated in sports. Why was Coachman encouraged to “act like a lady” rather than play with the boys? How does this compare to the controversy around girls playing football? Do students think that gender should determine the activities that people are allowed to engage in? Why or why not?
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “I Practiced,” a speaker describes their experiences practicing to get better at a skill.Pair “I Practiced” with “Alice Coachman Jumps for the Sky” and ask students to discuss what contributes to a person’s success. How important do students think it is to practice in order to excel at a skill? How is this explored in the text and the poem? How did Coachman’s practice as a child contribute to her later success in competitions?
Fastest Woman in the World
- Pat Parker
In the informational text “Fastest Woman in the World,” Pat Parker discusses Wilma’s Rudolph’s journey to becoming a gold medalist in the 1960 Olympics.Pair “The Fastest Woman in the World” with “Alice Coachman Jumps for the Sky” to provide students with information about another influential Olympic athlete. Ask students to discuss how the women in the two texts made history in the Olympics. Based on the texts, what obstacles did these athletes encounter on their way to success? What additional obstacles do students think they might have encountered on their way to success?