by Shelby Ostergaard
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 Worst Birthday" from Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJ.K. Rowling
After a year spent at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry, Harry Potter returns to his non-magical family for the summer, where he must endure his family treating him badly because they fear his powers.Pair “The Worst Birthday from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with “The Test” and ask students to think about the treatment of Harry. Is he treated fairly in the home he is living in? Why not? Should Harry have to follow the same rules as non-magical people? What changes are made to make life more “fair” for Harry? What changes are made to make life more “fair” for Javon in “The Test”?
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?Josh Bean
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn't be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “Should Girls be allowed to play High School Football?” with “The Test” and ask students if they think it is “fair” for girls to play high school football. What is more important in this debate: fairness or equality? In “The Test,” how did fairness help both Javon and Tyler find success?
The Girl Who Listened with Her FeetEve Nadel Catarevas
In "The Girl Who Listened with Her Feet," Eve Nadel Catarevas tells the story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf-blind person to learn to read and write a language.Pair “The Test” with “The Girl Who Listened with Her Feet” and have students discuss fairness and equality. How are the needs of Javon and Laura met? Why is it important that people have what they need to be successful?