by Barrett Smith
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.
Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society
- John H. Young
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 “Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls” with “Amelia Earhart” and ask students to discuss how Earhart and the Fly Girls were able to break down barriers in their generation. How did the women in each text handle setbacks? How did the Fly Girls face gender bias after the war? Would Earhart have faced the same bias, if she had survived?
First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’
- Brakkton Booker
This NPR article showcases the achievements of the first two women to graduate from the United States Army Ranger School.Pair “First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’” with “Amelia Earhart” to provide students with more examples of women breaking barriers in the world. How do both texts explore the types of jobs that women are often discouraged from pursuing? What do these jobs have in common? How did the actions of Earhart and the army rangers change expectations surrounding women?
Rosie the Riveter
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Rosie the Riveter,” Barrett Smith explores the WWII origins of Rosie and her impact on social movements.Pair “Rosie the Riveter” with “Amelia Earhart” and ask students to discuss how both women became icons for female power and change. How did both Earhart and Rosie change how women were perceived by society? What kind of careers were women more likely and able to take on because of Earhart and Rosie? What changed in society to open the door for both Earhart and Rosie?
Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the life and influence of the former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis.Pair “Amelia Earhart” with “Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages” to provide students with another text about an iconic woman in America. How does Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ legacy compare to Amelia Earhart’s? Why do students think these women continue to hold people’s interest today?