by Peter McDonnell
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.
Move to the Beat
- Colin Hickey
In the informational text “Move to the Beat,” Colin Hickey discusses a West African musician who teaches kids about music by playing for them.Pair “Move to the Beat” with “Into Africa” and ask students to discuss the importance of music in different parts of Africa. How does the author describe the community of Togo? How does this compare to the communities discussed in “Into Africa”? What does music provide for different communities throughout Africa?
- Victor Englebert
In the informational text “Ataka: A Young Desert Girl,” Victor Englebert discusses a Tuareg girl’s experiences living in the Sahara Desert with her family.Pair “Ataka” with “Into Africa” and ask students to discuss the different groups of people who live in Africa. How does the lifestyle of the Tuareg people compare to the Bedouin? How do both groups survive the harsh environment of the Sahara Desert?
Sailing to San Blas
- Claudia Lee-Ottman
In “Sailing to San Blas” Claudia Lee-Ottman describes her experience learning about the Kuna Indians with her family.Pair “Sailing to San Blas” with “Into Africa” and ask students to discuss the different ways people live around the world. Why is it important to learn about the different ways people live and their cultures?