by CR Willing McManis
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.
- BirdBrain History
“Northeast Natives” is an informational text that invites readers to imagine how they would explore the villages and lives of America’s pre-Columbian northeast natives.Pair “Northeast Natives” with “Heartbeat of Mother Earth” to provide students with historical information about Northeastern native Americans. Ask students to discuss how they think pow wows help Native Americans remember their past. How does it help them keep their traditions alive today?
The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story
- Chuck Larsen
Native American author Chuck Larsen adds key details that are missing from story of the “First Thanksgiving.”Pair “The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story” with “Heartbeat of Mother Earth” to have students compare the two celebrations. Ask students how pow wows are similar to the first Thanksgiving. How are they different?
Dreams and Musical Feet
- Daniel A. Kelin, II
In the informational text “Dream and Musical Feet,” Daniel A. Kelin, II discusses the young and talented Bharata
- Milan Sandhu
In the article “Purple Water,” Milan Sandhu describes the Indian festival Holi and his experiences celebrating it.Pair “Heartbeat of Mother Earth” with “Purple Water” and ask students to discuss how celebrations can bring people together. How do pow wows help bring Native American communities together? How does Holi encourage people to interact with others in their community? How do students think people feel when they participate in Holi or a pow wow?
All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings' Day
- Natacha Sanz-Caballero
In the informational text “All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings’ Day,” Natacha Sanz-Caballero discusses the celebration in Spain that commemorates a biblical story.Pair “Heartbeat of Mother Earth” with “All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings’ Day” and ask students to compare the two traditions. How does music contribute to each? What about clothing and dress? Why is each celebration important to the community that hosts it? How does each celebration connect people to their past?