by Jane Sutcliffe
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.
The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
- David White
Learn about how two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane in this biographical text.Pair “The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers” with “Fly High, Bessie Coleman” and ask students to discuss the determination of the Wrights and Bessie Coleman to fly. How did the Wrights react when they experienced failure? How did Coleman respond to the challenges she faced when attempting to get her pilot license? What additional challenges did Coleman face that the Wrights did not?
Fastest Woman in the World
- Pat Parker
In the informational text “Fastest Woman in the World,” Pat Parker discusses Wilma’s Rudolph’s journey to becoming a gold medalist in the 1960 Olympics.Pair “Fastest Woman in the World” with “Fly High, Bessie Coleman” to provide students with another example of a black woman who faced challenges and succeeded. What did Wilma Rudolph struggle with while growing up? How does this compare to the challenges that Bessie Coleman faced? How do students think Rudolph and Coleman inspired others during their time?