by Nancy Miller
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.
Outpouring of Support for France
- Joyce Grant
This article from Teaching Kids News highlights the global outpouring of support France received after 139 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a terrorist attack in France in November 2015.Pair “Outpouring of Support for France” with “On Second Anniversary, Haiti Still Recovering from Earthquake” and compare how people show their support in the face of tragedy. How is the support shown following France’s disaster different from the support provided two years after Haiti’s disaster?
Sometimes, History is Sadness
- David White
This account of the tragic historical events of September 11, 2001, explains that sadness is a part of life and that time can reduce the impact of grief.Pair “Sometimes, History is Sadness” with “On Second Anniversary, Haiti Still Recovering from Earthquake” and ask students to discuss what effects tragic events can leave behind. What has or has not changed in the wake of these two disasters? In your opinion, is it true that time heals all wounds?
How Earthquakes Take Place
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “How Earthquakes Take Place,” Jessica McBirney describes the causes and effects of earthquakes, as well as safety tips in the event of an earthquake.Pair “On Second Anniversary, Haiti Still Recovering from Earthquake” with “How Earthquakes Take Place” to provide students with an example of the damage that earthquakes can cause. How does Haiti continue to experience the effects of the 2010 earthquake? How do students think Haiti could have better prepared for the earthquake?
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “Tsunami,” a speaker describes the wave of a tsunami.Pair “On Second Anniversary, Haiti Still Recovering from Earthquake” with “Tsunami” to provide students with another example of the power of nature. How do both texts emphasize the damage that natural disasters can cause? Do students think earthquakes or tsunamis are likely to cause more damage? Why?