by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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 Science of Solitary ConfinementJoseph Stromberg
The informational text "The Science of Solitary Confinement" explores the various ways in which inmates are impacted by solitary confinement.Pair “The Science of Solitary Confinement” with “Cell One” and ask students to discuss the treatment of prisoners. How do students think the effects of solitary confinement compare to the effects of overcrowded cells as described in the short story? How do both texts explore the impact that people’s experiences in prison can have on them?
God Sees the Truth, But WaitsLeo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude
In Leo Tolstoy's short story, "God Sees the Truth, But Waits", a man is convicted of a crime that he didn't commit.Pair “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” with “Cell One” and ask students to discuss the injustices explored in the two texts. How does Aksionov’s experiences with the justice system compare to the experiences of the old man in “Cell One”? How do Aksionov and the old man impact other important characters in the two short stories? Why do students think the other characters are so strongly impacted by Aksionov and the old man?
The Danger of a Single StoryChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In "The Danger of a Single Story," Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of not allowing one story to construct your understanding of the world.Pair “The Danger of a Single Story” with “Cell One” to provide students with a talk by the author of the short story. Ask students to discuss how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores various perspectives on a Nnamabia. What might “a single story” about Nnamabia sound like? Why is important to explore the complex stories of people rather than to simplify them and all people who seem “like” them into “a single story”?
The American Criminal Justice SystemRachel Slivnick
In the informational text "The American Criminal Justice System," Rachel Slivnick describes different aspects of the criminal justice system and its overall effectiveness in providing justice for all.Pair “Cell One” with “The American Criminal Justice System” and ask students to compare the criminal justice systems described in the two texts. How do both texts highlight faults present in the systems? How do Nigerian and American prisons discriminate against different groups of people?
I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice SystemBobby Constantino
In the informational text "I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System," Bobby Constantino describes the injustices he witnessed within the justice system after being arrested for a minor crime.Pair “Cell One” with “I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System” to provide students with a short story about a corrupt prison. Ask students to discuss how the people in these two texts experience unfair treatment by their justice systems. How do their experiences compare to those of their cellmates?