Paired Texts > Most Valuable Player
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.
Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940) was an American writer and poet, best known for this poem. It is considered a classic in sports-related literature and perhaps the most famous baseball poem ever written. In it, an arrogant player steps up to the plate with the weight of the game on his shoulders.Pair “Casey at the Bat” with “Most Valuable Player” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore success in sports. How does the portrayal of the two players compare? How does the point of view of each poem contribute to the overall themes?
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn't be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “Should Girls Be allowed to Play High School Football” with “Most Valuable Player” and ask students to discuss how girls’ experiences in sports differ from boys’. After reading both texts, ask students to discuss why having the chance to be involved in sports is important, regardless of gender.
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 “Most Valuable Player” and ask students to compare the two girls’ vision of success. How has Malala been successful in spite of the obstacles she has faced in her life? How does each text reveal that both girls are working hard towards their dreams?
In the informational text "Simone Biles," Marty Kaminsky discusses the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and her widespread success.Pair “Most Valuable Player” with “Simone Biles” and ask students to compare Biles with the speaker in the poem. Do both athletes focus on the same aspects of sports? How does Biles' idea of success compare with the speaker in the poem? How does each find happiness in their sport?