by Jessica McBirney
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.
Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area
- Interviews That Matter
A journalist from Interviews That Matter speaks with a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 in Ukraine. The interviewee paints a haunting picture of the devastated area then and now.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Mother Teresa” to provide students with more information on one of the disasters that Mother Teresa provided aid for. How does the journalistic piece help students understand how much Mother Teresa was willing to sacrifice to help others?
Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
- Malala Yousafzai
In “Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Acceptance Speech,” Yousafzai accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and speaks about the importance of education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture” with “Mother Teresa” to provide students with information on a fellow Nobel Peace Prize recipient and her work. What kind of change does Malala Yousafzai want to create, and how does it compare to Mother Teresa’s mission? How did both women capture the world’s attention?
Healing ‘Brick City’: A Newark Doctor Returns Home
- NPR Staff
A physician who overcame a difficult upbringing meditates on the nature of his career and the relationship between medicine and public service.Pair “Healing ‘Brick City’: A Newark Doctor Returns Home” with “Mother Teresa” and ask students to discuss how both Mother Teresa and Sampson Davis worked to improve the world. What motivated Mother Teresa and Davis to give back to their communities? How do the two texts explore the variety of ways in which you can give back to the world?