by Jennifer Barefoot
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.
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
- Barbara Radner
“Valley Forge and the American Revolution” explores the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “Just Say No! The Daughters of Liberty” to provide students with additional information about the American Revolution. Ask students to discuss how colonial men and women contributed to the American Revolution. Why were the decisions of women to boycott British goods just as important as the decisions of men to fight the British?
How Salt Shook an Empire
- Sara Wilson Etienne
In the informational text “How Salt Shook an Empire,” Sara Wilson Etienne discusses Mahatma Gandhi’s march to protest the British government’s tax on salt.Pair “How Salt Shook an Empire” with “Just Say No! The Daughters of Liberty” to provide students with another example of people protesting British rule. Why did Mahatma Gandhi protest the British rule in India? How does this compare to why colonial men and women protested the British? How did Gandhi and colonial women use nonviolent ways to protest the British?
No Plans? No Problem!
- Stephen Currie
In the informational text “No Plans? No Problem!” Stephen Currie describes how Washington was designed and built.Pair “Just Say No!” with “No Plans? No Problem!” to provide students with another text about how America became the nation we know today. The different authors discuss the contributions of women and Benjamin Banneker, an African American man. During these times, women and African Americans did not have the same rights as white men in America. Ask students to discuss how America would be different without their contributions. Why do students think Banneker and the women were so willing to help America?
Let's Take a White House Tour
- John Riley and Barbara Burt
In the informational text “Let’s Take a White House Tour,” John Riley and Barbara Burt discuss areas of the White House that are open to the public and those that are private.Pair “Just Say No!” with “Let’s Take a White House Tour” to provide students with information about how women contributed to the American Revolution. Ask students to discuss what America would be like today if the thirteen colonies had not won their independence. Would we likely have a White House today? Why or why not?