by Fiona Waters
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.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
- Josh Bean
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn’t be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?” with “Granuaile” and ask students to discuss how boys and girls are treated differently in the two texts. Why do some people question whether or not girls should be allowed to play football in high school? How does this compare to why Granuaile was not allowed to be a leader of the O’Flaherty clan?
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
- Ogden Nash
In this excerpt from Ogden Nash’s poem “Adventures of Isabel,” Isabel meets a hungry bear.Pair “Excerpt from ‘Adventures of Isabel’” with “Granuaile” and ask students to compare Isabel and Granuaile. What obstacles do the girls encounter in the two texts? How do they exhibit bravery in the face of these obstacles?
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
- Rosi Hollinbeck
In the informational text “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine,” Rosi Hollinbeck discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s duties as a princess and trained mechanic in her youth.Pair “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine” with “Granuaile” and ask students to discuss how the women in the two texts behaved as leaders. What similar traits did Granuaile and the two queens discussed in the texts have in common? How did Granuaile and Queen Elizabeth II challenge people’s expectations of women?