by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America
- Barbara Radner
This informational text outlines Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership in America.Pair “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Changing America” with “Marian’s Revolution” and ask students to discuss how Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marian Anderson contributed to change in America. How did both King and Marian challenge racism? King was known for non-violent protests. Do students consider Marian’s performance at the Lincoln Memorial a form of protest? Why or why not?
The Many and the Few
- J. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis’ poem “The Many and the Few,” a speaker describes the historic moment when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Pair “The Many and the Few” with “Marian’s Revolution” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore how one person can create change for many. How did Rosa Parks and Marian Anderson both stand up for what they believed to be right? What did they risk when they stood by their beliefs?
African American Suffragists
- Margaret Gushue
In the informational text “African American Women Suffragists,” Margaret Gushue discusses women’s suffrage and African American women’s contributions to the movement.Pair “Marian’s Revolution” with “African American Suffragists” and ask students to discuss how the African American women in the two texts contributed to civil rights. How did Marian Anderson and the African American women in “African American Suffragists” challenge discrimination?