by Sal Khan
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.
In Pakistan, a Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 in a Cowshed
- Philip Reeves
This article reports on the efforts of Aansoo Kohli, a 20-year-old Pakistani woman, to bring education to her rural village in Pakistan.Pair “In Pakistan, a Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 in a Cowshed” with “Let’s Teach for Mastery — Not Test Scores” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the importance of education. How do the efforts of Aansoo Kohli and Sal Khan to provide students with an education compare? How do the challenges they encounter differ? Do they have the same goals when it comes to education? Why or why not? How could Khan Academy help improve education in countries that do not have access to certain educational resources?
What Teachers Make
- Taylor Mali
Taylor Mali’s poem “What Teachers Make” explores the criticism teachers receive and pushes back against it.Pair “What Teachers Make” with “Let’s Teach for Mastery — Not Test Scores” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the important role that teachers play in a student’s success. How can teachers help or inhibit a student’s learning? What other aspects of education do the two texts explore?
Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World’s Problems
- Megan Gambino
In a 2015 interview with Smithsonian Magazine, teen Alexis Lewis discusses her success as an inventor and why more kids should be inventors.Pair “Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World’s Problems” with “Let’s Teach for Mastery — Not Test Scores” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the goals of education. How do the opinions of Alexis Lewis and Sal Khan compare? What role does confidence play in success?
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
- Angel B. Pérez
In the informational text “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail,” dean of admissions Angel B. Pérez discusses what colleges are really looking for and offers his surprising take on the importance of failure.Pair “Let’s Teach for Mastery – Not Test Scores” with “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail” and ask students to discuss the emphasis that is placed on grades in school. How do both texts explore how an emphasis on “perfect” grades disadvantages students? How might teaching for mastery encourage students to have a productive experience with failure?