by Robert McMillan
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.
JFK's 'Race to Space' Speech
- President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy delivered this speech about space at Rice University in Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962. A year earlier, a Russian astronaut had become the first human to orbit the Earth, and Americans were eager about the possibilities of space exploration (as well as beating the Russians). By 1969, Americans succeeded in being the first to walk on the moon.Pair “JFK’s ‘Race to space’ Speech” with “Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself” and ask students to discuss the theme of knowledge discussed in each text. While not specifically mentioned in the speech, how were Hamilton and other programmers also explorers? What obstacles does Kennedy present in his speech? Why does he feel they are worth overcoming? Do students think Hamilton and other programmers agreed with him? Why or why not?
The Women of Hidden Figures
- Jessica McBirney
In “The Women of Hidden Figures,” Jessica McBirney describes three famous African American women who performed crucial work at NASA during the Space Race.Pair “The Women of Hidden Figures” with “Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself” and ask students to discuss women’s work with NASA. How did the women of Hidden Figures and Margaret Hamilton help NASA accomplish their goals? Why was it considered abnormal for these women to be working at NASA?
When Women Stopped Coding
- Steve Henn
In the informational text “When Women Stopped Coding,” Steven Henn discusses why fewer women are pursuing careers in computer science.Pair “When Women Stopped Coding” with “Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself” and ask students to discuss women’s presence in computer science. Why do students think computer science was, and continues to be, a field dominated by men? How do both texts explore how women were the founding computer scientists and software engineers? What challenges did women encounter when pursuing jobs in computer science?