by Camila Domonoske
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.
Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys
- NPR Staff
In this informational text, how young girls resist oppression in Afghanistan by dressing up as boys, also known as “bacha posh,” is explored.Pair “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” with “First Woman To Wear A Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later” and ask students to discuss how women and girls’ options are more limited because of their gender. How do some Afghan girls avoid the oppression and unfair treatment that they face because of their gender? How does this compare to Kathrine Switzer’s actions to participate in the Boston Marathon?
First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’
- Brakkton Booker
This NPR article showcases the achievements of the first two women to graduate from the United States Army Ranger School.Pair “First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’” with “First Woman To Wear A Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later” and ask students to discuss how the women in the two texts made history. How did Kathrine Switzer’s accomplishments influence women during her time? How do students think that the accomplishments of the two female Army Rangers will impact other women?
Ain't I a Woman?
- Sojourner Truth
In Sojourner Truth’s speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” Truth discusses women’s rights at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851.Pair “Ain’t I A Woman?” with “First Woman To Wear A Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later” and ask students to compare Sojourner Truth’s views on women with Kathrine Switzer’s. How do the two authors think the abilities of women compare to men? How did both women expose and challenge the unfair treatment of women?
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
- Deirdre Clemente
In the informational text “Serena Williams’ catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts,” Deidre Clemente discusses how people have been critical of women’s athletic wear throughout history.Pair “First Woman to Wear a Boston Bib Races Again, 50 years Later” with “Serena Williams’ catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts” to provide students with information about another incredible female athlete. Ask students to discuss how people’s opinions about women in sports has changed over time. Despite advances in women’s rights, what prejudices do students think female athletes continue to face today?