by Stephen Currie
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.
Just Say No!Jennifer Barefoot
In the informational text "Just Say No! The Daughters of Liberty," Jennifer Barefoot discusses how colonial women protested the British government.Pair “Just Say No!” with “No Plans? No Problem!” to provide students with another text about how America became the nation we know today. The different authors discuss the contributions of women and Benjamin Banneker, an African American man. During these times, women and African Americans did not have the same rights as white men in America. Ask students to discuss how America would be different without their contributions. Why do students think Banneker and the women were so willing to help America?
Looking AheadKathiann M. Kowalski
In the informational text "Looking Ahead," Kathiann M. Kowalski interviews Ellen McCarthy, a city planner in Washington, D.C.Pair “No Plans? No Problem!” with “Looking Ahead” to provide students with information about the original plans for Washington, D.C. What information does “No Plans? No Problem!” provide about L’Enfant that is not included in “Looking Ahead”? Who else contributed to the original city plans for Washington, D.C.?
Let's Take a White House TourJohn Riley and Barbara Burt
In the informational text "Let's Take a White House Tour," John Riley and Barbara Burt discuss areas of the White House that are open to the public and those that are private.Pair “Let’s Take a White House Tour” with “No Plans! No Problem” to provide more information about one of the most well-known buildings in America. Ask students to discuss how important Washington, and all of its famous buildings, are to America. Can students think of other cities or monuments that are important to America?
Benjamin Banneker and His Amazing ClockLinda Trice
In "Benjamin Banneker and His Amazing Clock," Linda Trice describes how Benjamin Banneker, a free Black man, became one of America's first scientists.Pair “No Plans? No Problem!” with “Benjamin Banneker and His Amazing Clock” to have students learn more about Benjamin Banneker’s important contributions. How did Benjamin Banneker help build the city of Washington, D.C. in “No Plans? No Problem!”? How does this information help you have a deeper understanding of Banneker’s important work in “Benjamin Banneker and His Amazing Clock”? Based on both texts, what can you infer about what kind of person Banneker was?