by Marty Kaminsky
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.
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
- Chris Woods
In Chris Woods’ poem “Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast,” a speaker describes watching a gymnast perform.Pair “Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast” with Simone Biles” to provide students with a poem about another gymnast. How do the gymnast’s movements in the poem compare to how the author describes Simone Biles’ acrobatics? How do students think the author of the poem would feel about Biles’ abilities as a gymnast?
Most Valuable Player
- Sarah Van Arsdale
In Sarah Van Arsdale’s poem “Most Valuable Player,” a speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy.Pair “Most Valuable Player” with “Simone Biles” and ask students to compare Biles with the speaker in the poem. Do both athletes focus on the same aspects of sports? How does Biles' idea of success compare with the speaker in the poem? How does each find happiness in their sport?
Dedicated to the Goal
- Marty Kaminsky
In the informational text “Dedicated to the Goal,” Marty Kaminsky discusses the successes and setbacks of the famous soccer player, Carli Lloyd.Pair “Dedicated to the Goal” with “Simone Biles” and ask students to compare the two athletes in the texts. How does Carli Lloyd’s commitment to improving her skills compare to Simone Biles’? How would students describe the two athletes’ attitudes? Do the athletes share a common mindset? Why or why not?
Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance
- Eric Niiler
In the informational text “Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance,” Eric Niiler discusses how ski wax can help athletes.Pair “Simone Biles” with “Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance” to provide students with information about an Olympic gymnast. Ask students to discuss the two sports and the skills required to compete in both sports at an Olympic level. While skiers use ski wax, many gymnasts use chalk. How do you think chalk could help with a gymnast’s performance?