by Veterans History Project
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.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
- Susan Stamberg
This article is a production of National Public Radio (NPR), written by Susan Stamberg. During WWII, a shortage of male pilots in the United States led to the formation of a group called WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Stamberg reports on this relatively little-known group, and its struggle for national and military recognition.Pair “Female WWII Pilots: The original Fly Girls” with “One Woman’s War Efforts During WWII” and ask students to explores the roles of women during war. How did women contribute to World War II? How were the elements that encouraged the women of WASP to contribute during World War II compare to the reasons Lotte Magnus enlisted in the army?
Diary of a Teenage Refugee
This account comes from a 16-year-old Syrian girl named Amira and details the past three years of her life in a refugee camp in the neighboring country of Lebanon.Pair “Diary of a Teenage Refugee” with “One Woman’s War Efforts During WWII” and ask student to compare how civilians are impacted by war. Compare why the women of both text are forced to flee from their homes in the face of war and violence.
Seven Decades On, Anne Frank’s Words Still Comfort
- Scott Simon
While Anne Frank has been gone over 70 years, her optimistic words still console many today.Pair “Seven Decades On, Anne Frank’s Words Still Comfort” with “One Woman’s War Efforts During WWII” and ask students to consider how the lives of Jewish people in Germany were changed by the war. What similarities can you identify between the experiences of Anne Frank and Lotte Magnus?
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
- The Sun
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in the early 20th century.Pair “One Woman’s War Efforts During World War II” with “Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations” and ask students to compare the women’s efforts featured in both of these texts. How are women portrayed in both texts?
- Tim Slavin
In the informational text “Grace Hopper,” Tim Slavin discusses the life and accomplishments of one of the first female programmers, Grace Hopper.Pair “One Woman’s War Efforts During World War II” with “Grace Hopper” and ask students to discuss how the two women contributed to war efforts during WWII. How did gender influence their ability to contribute during this time?