by Ruth Spencer Johnson
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.
Workers’ Rights and the History of Labor Unions
- Jessica McBirney
This article provides a brief history of labor unions, including common tactics and important advances in workers’ rights.Pair “Workers’ Rights and the History of Labor Unions” with “Bound for a New Life” to provide students with information about workers’ rights. Ask students to discuss how workers’ rights have changed over time in America. What basic rights did Sarah and Robert not have as workers in America? How might Sarah and Robert have gone about fighting for these rights?
Betwixt & Between
- Leslie Anderson Morales
In the informational text “Betwixt and Between” Leslie Anderson Morales discusses African Americans’ experiences during the 1700s.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?
First Contact with Europeans
- Stephen Currie
In the informational text “First Contact with Europeans,” Stephen Currie discusses European explorers’ first contact with American Indian tribes.Pair “Bound for a New Life” with “First Contact with Europeans” to provide students with additional information about European settlements in North America. Ask students to discuss how Europeans claimed land claimed and built settlements in North America. Which people benefited from the colonization of North America, and which people suffered?