by Ruth Spencer Johnson
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.
The Many and the Few
- J. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis’ poem “The Many and the Few,” a speaker describes the historic moment when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Pair “The Many and the Few” with “Rosa Refuses” to provide students with a poem about Rosa Parks. Ask students to discuss what role Parks played in the Montgomery bus boycott. Besides Parks, who else helped desegregate buses in the South?
Justice for All
- Lynn Rymarz
In the informational text “Justice for All,” Lynn Rymarz discusses Ida B. Wells’ fight for justice against the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.Pair “Justice for All” with “Rosa Refuses” to provide students with information about another important figure of the Civil Rights Movement. Ask students to discuss the similarities between Ida B. Wells and Rosa Parks. How do students think Wells’ actions inspired other activists, like Parks?