by Jessica McBirney
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.
- Saul McLeod
“Self-Concept” introduces several psychology concepts that describe how people think about themselves.Pair “Self-Concept” with “Frida Kahlo” and ask students to discuss how Kahlo viewed herself. What aspects of her identity did Kahlo value? How is this expressed in her art? Why do students think Kahlo’s self-portraits were considered different from other people’s self-portraits?
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
- Susan Stamberg
This article is a production of National Public Radio (NPR), written by Susan Stamberg. During WWII, a shortage of male pilots in the United States led to the formation of a group called WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Stamberg reports on this relatively little-known group, and its struggle for national and military recognition.Pair “Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls” with “Frida Kahlo” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore women challenging typical gender roles. What was expected of these women during their time? How did Kahlo use her art to challenge gender norms? How does this compare to the actions of the Women Airforce Service Pilots?
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
- Tupac Shakur
In Tupac Shakur’s “The Rose That Grew from Concrete,” the speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.Pair “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” with “Frida Kahlo” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore overcoming adversity. What do students consider to be the “concrete” that Frida Kahlo was able to break through in order to succeed?
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “Salvador Dalí,” Jessica McBirney discusses the famously eccentric surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.Pair “Frida Kahlo” with “Salvador Dalí” to provide students with another example of an influential artist. Ask students to discuss how the subject matter of Kahlo’s paintings compared to Dalí’s. How were the two artists responsible for creating change, both artistic and social?
Going, Going, Gone!
- Xyza: News for Kids
In the XYZA News article “Going, Going, Gone!” the author discusses a painting by the street artist Banksy that destroyed itself.Pair “Frida Kahlo” with “Going, Going, Gone!” and ask students to discuss Frida Kahlo and Banksy’s art. How did they challenge what was expected of them as artists? What challenges did Kahlo experience during her life and how did they contribute to her art? Without knowing who Banksy is, it’s hard to speculate about the motivations for his art. Why do students think Banksy chooses to remain anonymous?