by The United States Government
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 Medicine Bag
- Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
In Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve’s short story “The Medicine Bag,” Martin’s grandpa visits him and passes down a medicine bag to him, an important object in their family.Pair “The Medicine Bag” with “Army Code Talkers” to provide students with a short story about a boy who is visited by his Sioux grandpa. Ask students to discuss what each text shows about Native American traditions and languages. What have they done and continue to do to preserve these traditions? In what ways do the two texts emphasize the importance of preserving Native American culture?
Cracking Code Purple
- Anna Ouchchy
In the informational text “Cracking Code Purple,” Anna Ouhchy discusses the discovery of cryptanalyst Genevieve Grotjan during World War II.Pair “Cracking Code Purple” with “Army Code Talkers” to provide students with additional information about the use of codes in war. Ask students to discuss why being able to crack enemy codes and have secure means of communication were important to the United States during various wars. How does the code discussed in “Cracking Code Purple” compare to the codes discussed in “Army Code Talkers”?