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.
Showdown in Little Rock
This informational text explores the 1957 incident in Little Rock, Arkansas where white segregationists and the governor illegally tried to block black students from integrating into white schools.Pair “Showdown in Little Rock” with “Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions” and ask students to discuss how these texts comment on how change is achieved. What do these two texts reveal about impact of Supreme Court decisions, specifically on prejudices?
what love isn't
- Yrsa Daley-Ward
In Yrsa Daley-Ward’s poem “what love isn’t,” Ward explores attributes of love not often discussed.Pair “What Love Isn’t” with “Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions” and ask students to discuss how the two texts depict love. How does Ward’s poem explore some of the Lovings’ struggles discussed in the text? What obstacles do interracial couples encounter that other couples do not? How does the poem capture, or fail to capture, this?