by Angie Kay Dilmore
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.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
- Rina Ferrarelli
In Rina Ferrarelli’s poem “Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist,” a speaker describes Joan Benoit’s victory at the first-ever women’s marathon at the Olympics.Pair "Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist" with "Stopping for Olympic Gold" and ask students to discuss how both texts depict the Olympic gold medalists. How were they able to achieve their wins? How did people underestimate the capabilities of Joan Benoit and John Woodruff?
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “I Practiced,” a speaker describes their experiences practicing to get better at a skill.Pair "I Practiced" with "Stopping for Olympic Gold" and ask students to discuss the connection between practice and succeeding at a skill. How did John Woodruff practice his skills before becoming an Olympic gold medalist? Do you think John would have succeeded if he hadn't played sports throughout his life? Why or why not?
Fastest Woman in the World
- Pat Parker
In the informational text “Fastest Woman in the World,” Pat Parker discusses Wilma’s Rudolph’s journey to becoming a gold medalist in the 1960 Olympics.Pair "The Fastest Woman in the World" with "Stopping for Olympic Gold" and ask students to discuss how both athletes beat the odds to become victors. Compare the struggles of both athletes. What did they have in common? What characteristics contributed to Wilma Rudolph and John Woodruff's success?
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Jesse Owens,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jesse Owens’ win at the Summer Olympics in 1936, in front of Adolf Hitler.Pair “Stopping for Olympic Gold” with “Jesse Owens” and ask students to discuss how Woodruff and Owens were able to overcome obstacles to win at the 1936 Olympics. Did they take similar or different approaches? How? What about in life? What contributed to each man’s success?