by Prana Joy Mandoe
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 “What We Eat Is Who We Are” to provide students with information about the types of food that important to many Native American diets. How does traditional Native American food compare to the food that Hawaiians traditionally eat? How does the food described in each text rely on the health of the environment?
The Magical Transformation of Bread
- Marcus Woo
In the informational text, “The Magical Transformation of Bread,” Marcus Woo explains the chemistry that transforms four ingredients into bread.Pair “What We Eat Is Who We Are” with “The Magical Transformation of Bread” to provide students with information about traditional Hawaiian foods. In the text, the author discusses how important these foods are to Hawaiians. How important is bread to your diet? How would you feel if bread was no longer available? How could the availability of bread be impacted by changes in the environment like Hawaiian foods have been impacted?
First Contact with Europeans
- Stephen Currie
In the informational text “First Contact with Europeans,” Stephen Currie discusses European explorers’ first contact with American Indian tribes.Pair “First Contact with Europeans” with “What We Eat Is Who We Are” to provide students with information about another example of when one group of people affected another group’s way of life. How did Europeans affect the American Indians’ way of life? How does this compare to the arrival of Westerners in Hawaii?
The Cod Industry: Lifeblood of Newfoundland
- Ann Stalcup
In the informational text “The Cod Industry: Lifeblood of Newfoundland,” Ann Stalcup discusses the cod industry in Newfoundland.Pair “What You Eat Is Who You Are” with “The Cod Industry: Lifeblood of Newfoundland” to provide students with information about traditional foods important to Hawaiians. Ask students to discuss how people from Hawaii and Newfoundland both experienced depletions in their food sources. How do the causes of these depletions compare? How are Hawaiians and the people of Newfoundland attempting to preserve their sources of food?