by Jeff Gammage, from Philly.com
March 13, 2016
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 White Man's Burden
- Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a British writer who is best known for The Jungle Book. In 1899, he wrote “The White Man’s Burden,” a poem about America’s imperative to colonize and rule the Philippine Islands. This poem sparked considerably controversy when it was written.Pair “The White Man’s Burden” with “Those Kids Never Got to Go Home” and ask students to discuss the history of assimilation into Eurocentric cultures.. How did white Americans justify their assimilation of indigenous peoples? What was the Native American experience of this often forced process like?
Andrew Jackson's Speech to Congress on 'Indian Removal'
- President Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United States. In this speech he discusses the “Indian Removal Act,” which relocated native tribes to what is now Oklahoma—but not without great loss of life by those forcibly removed, on what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.”Pair “Andrew Jackson’s Speech to Congress on ‘Indian Removal’” with “Those Kids Never Got to Go Home.” How does the former inform the latter? Does Andrew Jackson’s idea or portrayal of Native Americans reflect those of the Carlisle School and its founder?
The Wounded Knee Massacre
- Digital History
In “The Wounded Knee Massacre,” a variety of personal accounts shed light on the violent conflict between the Sioux and American soldiers on December 29, 1890.Pair “Those Kids Never Got to Go Home” with “The Wounded Knee Massacre” and ask students to compare how colonization and assimilation effected the Sioux. How did the United States’ relationship with Native Americans change between the time of these two events? Why is it important to continue to discuss these moments in history?
Behind The Native American Achievement Gap
- Celeste Headlee
In “Behind the Native American Achievement Gap,” Celeste Headlee interviews Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe History and Language, about the education of Native Americans.Pair “Those Kids Never Got to Go Home” with “Behind the Native American Achievement Gap” to provide students with additional information regarding the Native American boarding schools Anton Treuer discusses. What additional examples does the article “Those Kids Never Got to Come Home” provide to reinforce the idea that past forced assimilation continues to impact Native American communities?
How Native Students Can Succeed In College: 'Be As Tough As The Land That Made You'
- Claudio Sanchez
In “How Native Students Can Succeed in College: ‘Be As Tough As The Land That Made You’,” Claudio Sanchez discusses the obstacles Native American students face regarding college and how one particular program has helped.Pair “Those Kids Never Got to Go Home” with “How Native Students Can Succeed in College: ‘Be As Tough As The Land That Made You’” to provide students with additional historical information regarding the education of Native Americans in the past. How has the education of Native Americans changed? In what ways do Native Americans’ educations continue to be limited?
American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past
- Charla Bear
In “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past,” Charla Bear discusses how Native American boarding schools today, specifically Sherman Indian High School, differ from boarding schools of the past.Pair “‘Those Kids Never Got to Go Home’” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” and ask students to discuss how boarding schools for Native Americans have changed over the years. Can they identify any similarities between the boarding schools of the past and present?
The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports
- Leah Binkovitz
In “The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports,” Smithsonian Magazine talks to Kevin Gover about the use of Native Americans motifs in sports.Pair “‘Those Kids Never Got to Go Home’” with “The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports” and ask students to discuss how the historical treatment of Native Americans contributes to the idea that the use of Native American motifs in sports is inappropriate. How has the country’s relationship with Native American culture changed over time?