by Sanjana Chetia
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 Plymouth Thanksgiving Story
- Chuck Larsen
Native American author Chuck Larsen adds key details that are missing from story of the “First Thanksgiving.”Pair “The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story” with “Cinco de Mayo.” Ask students to compare and contrast the Pilgrims and Indians with the Mexicans and the French. Discuss the popularity of both Cinco de Mayo and Thanksgiving. What is being celebrated in each holiday? Do both holidays call for celebration? Why or why not?
- Sandra Cisneros
In Sandra Cisneros’s “Eleven,” a girl is forced to wear a sweater that doesn’t belong to her on her birthday.Pair “Eleven” with “Cinco de Mayo” to provide students with a narrative from Sandra Cisneros, an American writer and a key figure in Chicana literature. Compare and contrast the texts. How does the speaker in “Eleven” feel about celebrating her birthday? What causes the speaker to have these feelings? How does this compare to what Sanjana Chetia explains about celebrating Cinco de Mayo? How does each author address the idea of pride?
The Chicano Movement
- Jessica McBirney
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney explores how the Chicano Movement emerged in the 1960s to empower Mexican Americans and created lasting change in education, workers’ rights, and politics.Pair “The Chicano Movement” with “Cinco de Mayo” to provide students with information about the Chicano Movement. What actions led to the successes of the Chicano Movement? How has America’s treatment of Mexican-Americans changed over time? Why was Cinco de Mayo important to those involved in the Chicano Movement? How has the Chicano Movement contributed to the holiday’s popularity?