by Allison Keyes
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.
Does It Matter If Schools Are Racially Integrated?
- Michel Martin
This NPR interview, broadcast 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, discusses the necessity of integration in our modern society, and what remains to be done to improve the state of American education.Pair “Does it Matter if Schools are Racially Integrated?” with “The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks Out About Holding onto History” to provide students with information about racially integrated schools today. Ask students to discuss how far we have come since the Little Rock Crisis. How much father do we need to go for true equality? How could the history of the Little Rock Nine help guide people in making decisions on racial integration in schools today?
Showdown in Little Rock
This informational text explores the 1957 incident in Little Rock, Arkansas where white segregationists and the governor illegally tried to block black students from integrating into white schools.Pair “Showdown in Little Rock” with “The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks Out About Holding onto History” to provide students with additional information about the Little Rock Crisis in 1957. Ask students to discuss how both texts explore people’s resistance towards integrating public schools. What changed to allow the Little Rock Nine to attend Central High? How did this change public opinion about integration?
How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball
- Jessica McBirney
In “How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball,” Jessica McBirney discusses the life and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League baseball player.Pair “How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball” with “The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks Out About Holding onto History” to provide students with another example of someone who challenged segregation. What obstacles did Carlotta Wall LaNier and Jackie Robinson face when challenging segregation? What kind of mentality do students think LaNier and Robinson needed in order to face the hostility they did? How did each contribute to the Civil Rights Movement?