Paired Texts > Excerpt from "Our America"
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.
In Julio Noboa's poem "Identity," a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.Pair “Identity” with “Excerpt from ‘Our America’” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the notion of identity. How does Julio Noboa’s discussion of personal identity compare to José Martí’s discussion of national identity? What characteristics do they both value? Who do students think would be the flowers and weeds in José Martí’s text?
In the speech "The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix it," Fred Swaniker discusses Africa's past leaders and his hopes for its future leaders.Pair “The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix It” with “Excerpt from ‘Our America’” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of education. How do both texts propose how education should be altered to better prepare the leaders of the future? What characteristics do Fred Swaniker and José Martí think are important for leaders to possess in order to successful lead a nation?
In the essay "On the Education of Youth in America," Noah Webster discusses the benefits of educating young Americans for the nation overall.Pair “On the Education of Youth in America” with “Excerpt from ‘Our America’” and ask students to compare the two authors’ ideas on education. What would both authors like to see change about education in the United States and Latin America? How would these changes positively impact people’s abilities to lead nations?