by Stephen Currie
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.
- BirdBrain History
“Northeast Natives” is an informational text that invites readers to imagine how they would explore the villages and lives of America’s pre-Columbian northeast natives.Pair “Northeast Natives” with “First Contact with Europeans” to provide students with information about how some Native Americans lived before Europeans arrived. Ask students to discuss how Native Americans’ lives changed with the arrival of Europeans. Do students think it could have been possible for Native Americans and Europeans to live peacefully together in North America? Why or why not?
The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story
- Chuck Larsen
Native American author Chuck Larsen adds key details that are missing from story of the “First Thanksgiving.”Pair “The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story” with “First Contact with Europeans” to provide students with information about the first Thanksgiving and the relationship between Native Americans and English settlers. Ask students to compare how the interactions between the Native Americans and Europeans compare in the two texts. How and why did Europeans’ relations with Native Americans decline?
Bound for a New Life
- Ruth Spencer Johnson
In Ruth Spencer Johnson’s short story, “Bound for a New Life,” two children work in an English colony in America known as Jamestown.Pair “Bound for a New Life” with “First Contact with Europeans” to provide students with additional information about European settlements in North America. Ask students to discuss how Europeans claimed land claimed and built settlements in North America. Which people benefited from the colonization of North America, and which people suffered?
What We Eat Is Who We Are
- Prana Joy Mandoe
In the informational text “What We Eat Is Who We Are,” Prana Joy Mandoe discusses the importance of traditional foods to Hawaiian culture.Pair “First Contact with Europeans” with “What We Eat Is Who We Are” to provide students with information about another example of when one group of people affected another group’s way of life. How did Europeans affect the American Indians’ way of life? How does this compare to the arrival of Westerners in Hawaii?