by NPR Staff
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.
Excerpts from The AwakeningKate Chopin
In these excerpts from Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, Edna Pontellier struggles with what is expected of her as a mother, a wife, and a woman.Pair excerpts from “The Awakening” with “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” and compare the issue of gender roles as they are explored in each text. How does the oppression in “The Awakening” compare to what is described in “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys”?
Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful GirlNPR Staff
Malala Yousafzai (born 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban has banned girls from attending school. Malala, whose family ran a chain of local schools, publicly stood against the Taliban's actions and launched an international movement, surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban on October 9th, 2012. The article discusses this incredible young woman and her continuing advocation for universal women's education.Pair "Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl" with "Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys." Teachers may choose to have students compare and contrast the experiences of young girls living in Afghanistan with those of Malala Yousafzai, who grew up in the neighboring country of Pakistan.
First Lady Hillary Clinton's Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on WomenFirst Lady Hillary Clinton
In the speech "First Lady Hillary Clinton's Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women," Clinton tells the United Nations why women's rights are human rights and encourages the world to protect those rights.Pair “First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Address to the United Nationals First World Conference on Women” with “Why Afghanistan’s “Underground Girls” Skirt Tradition to Live As Boys” and ask students to discuss the progress in women’s rights around the world since Clinton’s 1995 speech in reference to the 2014 article on women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Jabari UnmaskedNikki Grimes
In Nikki Grimes' poem "Jabari Unmasked," a speaker describes hiding their identity from the world.Pair “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” with “Jabari Unmasked” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore hiding one’s identity. Why do the people in the two texts hide who they are? What pressures or expectations from their surroundings encourage them to hide?
Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize LectureMalala Yousafzai
In "Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Acceptance Speech," Yousafzai accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and speaks about the importance of education.Pair “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” with “Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture” and ask students to consider how this practice in another Middle Eastern country relates to the issues that Malala discusses in her speech. What does this cultural practice reveal about gender expectations in Afghanistan? Ask students to consider what Malala would likely say about this practice.
First Woman to Wear a Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years LaterCamila Domonoske
In the informational text "First Woman To Wear A Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later," Camila Domonoske discusses the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon and her participation again, 50 years later.Pair “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” with “First Woman To Wear A Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later” and ask students to discuss how women and girls’ options are more limited because of their gender. How do some Afghan girls avoid the oppression and unfair treatment that they face because of their gender? How does this compare to Kathrine Switzer’s actions to participate in the Boston Marathon?
Drum Dream GirlMargarita Engle
In "Drum Dream Girl," a young girl dreams of playing drums in a society that only allows boys to play the drums.Pair “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” with “Drum Dream Girl” and ask students to compare the girls in each text. Why does Zahra in “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” want to hide her identity? Why does the speaker in “Drum Dream Girl” want to show her passion and identity? Are these girls motivated by similar or different things? How are expectations for girls and boys different?