by Barrett Smith
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.
Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
- NPR Staff
Malala Yousafzai (born 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban has banned girls from attending school. Malala, whose family ran a chain of local schools, publicly stood against the Taliban’s actions and launched an international movement, surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban on October 9th, 2012. The article discusses this incredible young woman and her continuing advocation for universal women’s education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl” with “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” and ask students to discuss how both young girls created important change. How do the movements that Malala Yousafzai and Marley Dias lead compare? Ask students to discuss how both texts encourage young people to engage in social activism.
The Story of Ida B. Wells
- Shannon Moreau
This is a short biography of Ida B. Wells and the personal tragedy she experienced that pushed her to raise national awareness about violence and discrimination against African Americans.Pair “The Story of Ida B. Wells” with “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” and ask students to discuss how Wells and Dias are both influential activists. In what ways is Dias continuing Wells’ legacy? How do you think Wells would react to what Dias has accomplished, especially at such a young age?
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 “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” and ask students to discuss how the “Many” and the “Few” are represented in “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author”? How does Marley Dias prove that the actions of one person can create important change? How do both texts explore the power of social activism?
I'm the Library Lady
- J. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis’ poem “I’m the Library Lady” the speaker describes the books that readers can find at the library.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” with “I’m the Library Lady” and ask students to discuss the diversity present in and literature and how it needs to improve. What kinds of books does Marley Dias want to read and why doesn’t she have easy access to them? Why is it important for people to have access to books from different genres and with different characters?
Money Tells a Story
- Carol Baldwin
In the informational text “Money Tells a Story,” Carol Baldwin discusses John Jones’ discovery of Confederate bills with images of slaves happily working.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist and Author” with “Money Tells a Story” and ask students to discuss how Marley Dias and John Jones help create change. How are both Dias and Jones exposing something that is unjust? Do students consider art a form of activism? Why or why not?
Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts
- Natasha Wing
In the informational text “Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts,” Natasha Wing discusses how Daisy Low founded the Girl Scouts and contributed to their success.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” with “Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts” and ask students to discuss how Marley and Daisy both created important change. Why did Marley decide to start the campaign #100blackgirlbooks? How does this compare to Daisy’s decision to start the Girl Scouts in America? How did both Marley and Daisy impact young girls’ lives?
Making Books in Braille
- Sara Matson
In the article “Making Books in Braille,” Sara Matson discusses Laurie Lower’s job transcribing books into braille for people with vision loss.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” with “Making Books in Braille” and ask students to compare Marley Dias and Laurie Lower’s actions. How do students think readers were affected by having limited books in braille or with female black characters? How are Dias and Lower improving people’s access and interest in books?
Girls of the Crescent: Meet the Two Teenagers Fighting for Better Representation in Books
- Girls of the Crescent
After discovering the importance of making books with female Muslim available in schools and libraries, two girls living in Michigan create a non-profit organization to pursue their mission.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” with “Girls of the Crescent: Meet the Two Teenagers Fighting for Better Representation in Books” to provide students with information about activist Marley Dias. Dias started the campaign #1000blackgirlbooks. How are the experiences of the three girls similar? What does Dias’ campaign have in common with Mena and Zena’s work? What beliefs do Dias, Mena and Zena share? Use evidence from the text to support your thinking.