by John Riley and Barbara Burt
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.
Just Say No!Jennifer Barefoot
In the informational text "Just Say No! The Daughters of Liberty," Jennifer Barefoot discusses how colonial women protested the British government.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?
Looking AheadKathiann M. Kowalski
In the informational text "Looking Ahead," Kathiann M. Kowalski interviews Ellen McCarthy, a city planner in Washington, D.C.Pair “Let’s Take a White House Tour” with “Looking Ahead” to provide students with information about touring the White House. Ask students to discuss how important the White House is to Washington, D.C. Do you think the White House is one the of the aspects of Washington, D.C. that will likely not change? Why or why not?
No Plans? No Problem!Stephen Currie
In the informational text "No Plans? No Problem!" Stephen Currie describes how Washington was designed and built.Pair “Let’s Take a White House Tour” with “No Plans! No Problem” to provide more information about one of the most well-known buildings in America. Ask students to discuss how important Washington, and all of its famous buildings, are to America. Can students think of other cities or monuments that are important to America?
Dancing for MamáJoanna Lukens
In "Dancing for Mamá," Margarita makes her mother proud when she dances in the Festival de Las Flores.Pair “Let’s Take a White House Tour” with “Dancing for Mamá” and have students think about what it would be like to meet the president. How does “Let’s Take a White House Tour” help you understand what it is like to visit the place where the president lives? How does Margarita’s mother feel about her meeting the president in “Dancíng for Mamá”? How do you think you would feel if you got to meet the president? Why?
Theodore RooseveltShari Lyn Zuber
In "Theodore Roosevelt," Shari Lyn Zuber describes how Theodore Roosevelt made many important domestic and foreign policy contributions as the 26th President of the United States.Pair “Let’s Take a White House Tour” with “Theodore Roosevelt” and have students think about Theodore Roosevelt’s role in establishing the White House. What is the history of the White House as described in “Let’s Take a White House Tour”? What role did Theodore Roosevelt play in making the White House a landmark according to “Theodore Roosevelt”? Why do you think it was important to Theodore Roosevelt to establish and renovate the White House?