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 “Standing Up by Sitting In” to provide students with a poem about creating change. How did Rosa Parks and the students in the drama stand up, or rather sit down, for what they believed in? How did their actions contribute to change for many other people?
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 “Standing Up by Sitting In” to provide students with information about a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. How did Ida B. Wells protest the unfair treatment she experienced on a train? How do her actions compare to the actions of the students in “Standing Up by Sitting In”? Do students think that Wells’ actions inspired the activists that followed?
How Salt Shook an Empire
- Sara Wilson Etienne
In the informational text “How Salt Shook an Empire,” Sara Wilson Etienne discusses Mahatma Gandhi’s march to protest the British government’s tax on salt.Pair “How Salt Shook an Empire” with “Standing Up by Sitting In” to provide students with another example of someone creating positive change. Ask students to discuss the commitment that Mahatmas Gandhi and the students in the drama had to nonviolence. How did they peacefully protest something they believed to be wrong?