by Marty Kaminsky
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.
- Gary Soto
In Gary Soto’s short story “The Challenge,” a boy hopes to impress the new girl at school by playing racquetball with her.Pair “The Challenge” with “Dedicated to the Goal” and ask students to discuss how women are often viewed in sports. What assumptions does José make about Estela because of her gender? How does this compare to the initial assumptions that Carli Lloyd’s parents make about her interests? Do students think that gender has any influence on athletic ability? Why or why not?
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
- Rina Ferrarelli
In Rina Ferrarelli’s poem “Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist,” a speaker describes Joan Benoit’s victory at the first-ever women’s marathon at the Olympics.Pair “Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist” with “Dedicated to the Goal” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the accomplishments of women in sports. How did Joan Benoit and Carli Lloyd challenge other people’s expectations of them? How do both texts explore what is necessary to achieve a difficult goal?
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “I Practiced,” a speaker describes their experiences practicing to get better at a skill.Pair “I Practiced” with “Dedicated to the Goal” and ask students to discuss the dedication required to succeed at something. How hard did Carli Lloyd have to work to become one of the top women in soccer? How does the text and the poem emphasizes the importance of practice when it comes to succeeding at something?
- Marty Kaminsky
In the informational text “Simone Biles,” Marty Kaminsky discusses the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and her widespread success.Pair “Dedicated to the Goal” with “Simone Biles” and ask students to compare the two athletes in the texts. How does Carli Lloyd’s commitment to improving her skills compare to Simone Biles’? How would students describe the two athletes’ attitudes? Do the athletes share a common mindset? Why or why not?