by Shelby Ostergaard
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.
Mother to Son
- Langston Hughes
In “Mother to Son,” a mother utilizes metaphor to communicate the struggles she's faced and the importance of perseverance to her son.Pair “Mother to Son” with “Jesse Owens” and ask students to discuss the obstacles that African Americans have faced in America. How does the metaphor in Langston Hughes’ poem apply to Jesse Owens’ life and pursuit of an Olympic gold medal? How do Jesse Owens’ actions embody the advice that the speaker in “Mother to Son” is giving in the poem?
How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball
- Jessica McBirney
In “How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball,” Jessica McBirney discusses the life and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League baseball player.Pair “How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball” with “Jesse Owens” and ask students to discuss how both men contributed to sports. How do students think the actions of Robinson and Owens changed sports for other black athletes? What obstacles did Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens face because of their race in America?
Stopping for Olympic Gold
- Angie Kay Dilmore
In the informational text “Stopping for Olympic Gold,” Angie Kay Dilmore discusses John Woodruff’s race at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.Pair “Stopping for Olympic Gold” with “Jesse Owens” and ask students to discuss how Woodruff and Owens were able to overcome obstacles to win at the 1936 Olympics. Did they take similar or different approaches? How? What about in life? What contributed to each man’s success?