Paired Texts > Malcolm X
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 the informational text "America's Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK," Jessica McBirney discusses the KKK's various waves of activity and popularity in America.Pair “America’s Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK” with “Malcolm X” to provide students with examples of the discrimination and violence that African Americans experienced. Ask students to discuss how the violence and threats of hate groups, like the KKK, influenced Malcolm X’s views on combating racism?
The informational text "Martin Luther King, Jr." explores the life of King and his contributions to fighting inequality through nonviolent means.Pair “Martin Luther King, Jr.” with “Malcolm X” to provide students with additional information about a fellow civil rights leader. Ask students to discuss how the goals and processes of these two activists compare. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X have in common? Why do you think some people felt compelled to follow Malcolm over MLK?
"Empowering the Black Power Movement" is an informational text that discusses how the Black Power movement emerged as a major political force for African American empowerment in the 1960s and 1970s.Pair “Empowering the Black Power Movement” with “Malcolm X” and ask students to discuss how they see the ideas of Malcolm X reflected in the movement. Why do students think that some African Americans rejected ideas of integration and peaceful resistance? How do you think Malcolm’s murder in 1965 influenced civil rights movements that followed?
In the informational text "Langston Hughes' hidden influence on MLK," Jason Miller discusses how Langston Hughes' poetry likely influenced Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches.Pair “Malcolm X” with “Langston Hughes’ hidden influence on MLK” to provide students with information about another important contributor to the civil rights movement. Ask students to discuss whether or not they think King would have distanced himself from Malcolm, as he had with Langston Hughes. Why or why not? How did the three men discussed in the two texts contribute to furthering African Americans’ rights?