by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh
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.
In Flanders Fields
- John McCrae
“In Flanders Fields” describes the painful losses of World War I by showing the reader an active battlefield that is already being turned into a cemetery.Pair “In Flanders Fields” with “The Poppy Lady” and ask students to further discuss the poem that inspired Moina Michael to wear poppies as a challenge for students. How are the soldiers portrayed in the poem? What about the soldiers does the poem inspire Moina to remember and honor?
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
- Rosi Hollinbeck
In the informational text “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine,” Rosi Hollinbeck discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s duties as a princess and trained mechanic in her youth.Pair “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine” with “The Poppy Lady” and ask students to discuss the different roles of women in war. How did Princess Elizabeth II and Moina Michael both contribute during war? What kind of impacts did their contributions have?
The War of the Wall
- Toni Cade Bambara
In Tony Cade Bambara’s short story “The War of the Wall,” a woman comes to town to paint a wall that the neighborhood kids feel a sense of ownership over.Pair “The Poppy Lady” with “The War of the Wall” and ask students to discuss the different ways people honor and show their respect for others. Why does Moina Michael wear poppies? How does this compare to the reason that the painter lady creates a mural in “The War of the Wall”?