by Margot Adler
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.
American Justice in the Supreme Court
- Jessica McBirney
This informational text is an introduction to the United States Supreme Court -- who is on it, how cases are brought to the Supreme Court, and why it matters.Pair “Gault Case Changed Juvenile Law” with “American Justice in the Supreme Court” to provide students with context of the legal system Jerry Gault had to face. What was the significance of his case being tried in the Supreme Court?
The Scottsboro Boys
- Jessica McBirney
In “The Scottsboro Boys,” Jessica McBirney discusses the historic event in which nine black boys were wrongfully accused and convicted of assault.Pair “Gault Case Changed Juvenile Law” with “The Scottsboro Boys” and ask students to analyze the experiences of children in the juvenile court system. What is the role of the children in these cases? How much power do they have over their cases?
Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?
- Nina Totenberg
“Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?” is a news article that offers insight into the United States’ juvenile criminal justice system, which often provides extreme punishments to adolescents.Pair “Gault Case Changed Juvenile Law” with “Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?” and ask students to discuss how juveniles are punished in minor crimes like Gault’s case, or more extreme cases like aggravated assault and homicide. What do both texts reveal about the difficulties facing youths involved in the juvenile justice system?