Paired Texts > Freedom Summer
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 the informational text "America's Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK," Jessica McBirney discusses the KKK's various waves of activity and popularity in America.Pair “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK” with “Freedom Summer” to provide students with additional information regarding the KKK. How did the hate group use violence to prevent change? What were they attempting to preserve?
This informational text explains how the murder of Emmett Till helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.Pair “Emmet Till” with “Freedom Summer” and ask students to discuss how people use violence to challenge change. How did the events of the two texts impact the Civil Rights movement? Why do students think that the events depicted in the two texts are considered significant moments in the Civil Rights movement?
In J. Patrick Lewis' poem "The Many and the Few," a speaker describes the historic moment when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Pair “The Many and the Few” with “Freedom Summer” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore moments of change during the Civil Rights movement. How does the author’s use of point of view in both poems contribute to their overall messages? How do the style and tone of the two J. Patrick Lewis poems compare?
In "Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Acceptance Speech," Yousafzai accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and speaks about the importance of education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture” with “Freedom Summer” and ask students to discuss how people respond to change. What kind of changes create the most backlash? How did the KKK and the Taliban attempt to resist the change that is discussed in both texts? How did Yousafzai and the Freedom Summer volunteers attempt to enact change? Were they successful in their efforts? Why or why not?