by Julie Durway
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 Three Sisters
- Barbara Hagen
In the informational text “The Three Sisters,” Barbara Hagen discusses the three main vegetables that many American Indians ate hundreds of years ago.Pair “The Three Sisters” with “Tsenacomoco: My World” to provide students with background on the everyday lives and diets of many Native Americans. Ask students to discuss how each text demonstrates the values of Native Americans. How were family roles similar in each text? How did Native Americans view the world around them?
Home Sweet Home
- Sarah J. Bell
In the informational text “Home Sweet Home,” Sarah J. Bell describes the different types of houses Native Americans built hundreds of year ago.Pair “Home Sweet Home” with “Tsenacomoco: My World” and ask students to discuss how both texts describe Native American homes. How did the types of homes vary based on the different tribes and places where they lived? Who was in charge of building these homes? Comparing the texts, what do different tribes have in common?
The Long March
- Peggy King Anderson
In 1838, the Potawatomi Indians were forced to leave their homelands and move west on a long and difficult march. This informational text tells the story of one girl who was forced from her home.Pair “Tsenacomoco: My World” with “The Long March” to provide students with an account of how the Powhatan people’s lives were changed by encounters with English settlers. In what ways are the changes that happened in the lives of the Powhatan and the changes that happened for the Potawatomi similar? In what ways are they different? In both stories, characters see the importance of telling stories about the past. Why is it so important to tell the stories of life in America before the settlers forced so many changes?