by Charla Bear
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.
'Those Kids Never Got to Go Home'
- Jeff Gammage, from Philly.com
- March 13, 2016
In “Those Kids Never Got to Go Home,” the article discusses recent pleas from the Rosebud Sioux nation to reclaim the remains of former students of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.Pair “‘Those Kids Never Got to Go Home’” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” and ask students to discuss how boarding schools for Native Americans have changed over the years. Can they identify any similarities between the boarding schools of the past and present?
From Resistance to Reservations
This informational text details the final conflicts of the 300-year American Indian Wars and their devastating effects for Native Americans.Pair “From Resistance to Reservations” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” to provide students with additional information regarding the history of reservations. How have Native American reservations changed over the years? What issues continue to be common on reservations?
Behind The Native American Achievement Gap
- Celeste Headlee
In “Behind the Native American Achievement Gap,” Celeste Headlee interviews Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe History and Language, about the education of Native Americans.Pair “Behind The Native American Achievement Gap” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” and ask students to identify the struggles that Native American students often face in America. Teachers may also ask students to determine what policy makers should do moving forward to ensure that Native American students receive a competitive education.
The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports
- Leah Binkovitz
In “The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports,” Smithsonian Magazine talks to Kevin Gover about the use of Native Americans motifs in sports.Pair “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” with “The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports” to provide students with another example of how the views and treatment of Native American culture have changed over time. How do both texts explore how the oppression of Native Americans in the past continues to affect them today?