Paired Texts > What Teachers Make
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.
This NPR story describes education in Vietnam today that might save a life: lessons about different kinds of explosives.Pair “Teaching Kids in Vietnam to Avoid a Deadly, Everyday Legacy of War” with “What Teachers Make” and ask students to explore why educating youth is important. What different types of change can education enact?
This article reports on the efforts of Aansoo Kohli, a 20-year-old Pakistani woman, to bring education to her rural village in Pakistan.Pair “In Pakistan, a Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 in a Cowshed” with “What Teachers Make” and ask students to explore the differences teachers make in their students’ lives. How do the struggles of teachers in Pakistan compare to the United States?
In the TED Talk "Let's Teach for Mastery — Not Test Scores," Sal Khan discusses what he believes learning should be based on the mastering of concepts, rather than test scores.Pair “What Teachers Make” with “Let’s Teach for Mastery — Not Test Scores” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the important role that teachers play in a student’s success. How can teachers help or inhibit a student’s learning? What other aspects of education do the two texts explore?
In the informational text "Mentors play critical role in quality of college experience, new poll suggests," Leo M. Lambert, Jason Husser, and Peter Felten discuss how college students benefit from having a mentor.Pair “What Teachers Make” with “Mentors play critical role in quality of college experience, new poll suggests” and ask students to discuss the important role that teachers play in their students’ lives. In what ways do they think the teacher in the poem acts as a mentor to his students? Do students think that all teachers are necessarily mentors? Why or why not?
In "A Present for Mrs. Robertson," Maria Elisa finds the perfect gift for her favorite teacher, but it is not the gift she ends up giving.Pair “What Teachers Make” with “A Present for Mrs. Robertson” to provide students with a poem about the difference that teachers make in students’ lives. Ask students to consider the impact that Mrs. Robertson has on Maria Elisa in “A Present for Mrs. Robertson.” Why do students think Mrs. Robertson has such a positive impact on her students, especially Maria Elisa? How does Mrs. Robertson encourage and reassure Maria Elisa throughout the passage?