by Natasha Wing
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.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
- Josh Bean
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn’t be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?” with “Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts” and ask students to discuss how girls are often treated differently than boys. Why do students think that an organization for Boy Scouts was established before the Girl Guides? Do students think that Girl Scouts should learn the same skills as Boy Scouts? Why or why not?
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author,” Barrett Smith discusses the activism of a young girl who collects and donates books with black girls as the main characters.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” with “Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts” and ask students to discuss how Marley and Daisy both created important change. Why did Marley decide to start the campaign #100blackgirlbooks? How does this compare to Daisy’s decision to start the Girl Scouts in America? How did both Marley and Daisy impact young girls’ lives?
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
- Rosi Hollinbeck
In the informational text “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine,” Rosi Hollinbeck discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s duties as a princess and trained mechanic in her youth.Pair “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine” with “Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore girls learning important skills. Why do students think it was less common for girls to learn mechanics or survival skills? How do both texts prove that it’s beneficial for girls to learn the same skills that boys have the opportunity to?