by Michel Martin
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.
Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois
- Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois
- 1895, 1903
These two excerpts capture the ideological debate about black social mobility after the Civil War.Pair “Does It Matter if Schools Are Racially Integrated?” with “Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois” and ask students to consider what Washington and Du Bois would have thought about the concept of and approach to integration. How do their points of view fit into this debate? How much do their ideas apply to our modern society?
Village Schools and Traveling Soldiers
- Arthur Henderson Smith
An American missionary in China describes late 19th century Chinese views on education.Pair these two texts on education and ask students what happens when some students are left behind, how society can avoid education inequality, and what the goals of education in society—not only for an individual—might be.
Showdown in Little Rock
This informational text explores the 1957 incident in Little Rock, Arkansas where white segregationists and the governor illegally tried to block black students from integrating into white schools.Pair “Showdown in Little Rock” with “Does it Matter if Schools are Racially Integrated?” and ask students to discuss the need for racial integration in education, as well as in society at large.
The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks Out About Holding onto History
- Allison Keyes
In the informational text “The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks Out About Holding onto History,” Carlotta Walls LaNier discusses her experiences attending the formerly all-white Little Rock Central High School.Pair “Does it Matter if Schools are Racially Integrated?” with “The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks Out About Holding onto History” to provide students with information about racially integrated schools today. Ask students to discuss how far we have come since the Little Rock Crisis. How much father do we need to go for true equality? How could the history of the Little Rock Nine help guide people in making decisions on racial integration in schools today?