by Leslie Anderson Morales
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.
Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation
- BirdBrain History
In this informational text, “Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation” the author recounts the United States’ sad history of enslaving black people in the South.Pair “Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation” with “Betwixt and Between” to provide students with additional information about slavery in the United States. What different jobs did slaves have to do? How were slaves treated in the United States?
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
- Barbara Radner
“Valley Forge and the American Revolution” explores the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “Betwixt and Between” to provide students with information about revolutionary times in America. Ask students to discuss how slaves were treated in the colonies. How do students think this contributed to slaves’ decision to join the British?
- Laura Wrang
In Laura Wrang’s short story “The Sign,” Jess and his mother help a slave escape to the North.Pair “The Sign” with “Betwixt and Between” to provide students with a short story about a boy escaping slavery. Ask students to discuss the different ways that slaves could become free in United States. How does the short story suggest that escaping slavery, and helping slaves escape, was dangerous?
Bound for a New Life
- Ruth Spencer Johnson
In Ruth Spencer Johnson’s short story, “Bound for a New Life,” two children work in an English colony in America known as Jamestown.Pair “Betwixt & Between: Growing Up African American in Revolutionary Times” with “Bound for a New Life” to provide students with an example of people who were brought to America for work against their will and without a contract. How does their experience compare with Sarah’s or Robert’s experience? Why do students think African Americans focused on freedom while Sarah and Robert focused on survival? Could Sarah or Robert have worked with slaves? Why or why not?
Am I Not A Woman And A Sister?
- Elizabeth Crawford (adaptation of original text)
Despite not having a political voice, women made significant efforts during the anti-slavery campaign.Pair “Betwixt & Between: Growing up African American in Revolutionary Times” with “Am I Not A Woman And A Sister: Women and the Anti-Slavery Campaign” to provide students with an informational text about how African Americans were treated in the thirteen colonies. How does the information in this text support the abolitionist’s anti-slavery movement? Explain your thinking.