by Dianne Swann-Wright
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.
Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation
- BirdBrain History
In this informational text, “Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation” the author recounts the United States’ sad history of enslaving black people in the South.Pair “Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation” with “With Liberty and Justice for All?” and ask students to discuss life as a slave. How do both texts explore the work that slaves were required to do on plantations and how they were treated? How could the treatment of slaves vary depending on where they worked and their job?
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
- BirdBrain History
In this satirical text, a loyal subject of Great Britain doubts whether America will succeed as a country with its new Declaration of Independence.Pair “The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense” with “With Liberty and Justice for All?” and ask students to discuss the Declaration of Independence. What are the main ideas in the Declaration of Independence? How does the short story show how Thomas Jefferson goes against some of the ideas he expressed in the Declaration of Independence?
From Slaves to Sharecroppers
- Leigh Dekle
The informational text “From Slaves to Sharecroppers" describes the sharecropping system that emerged after the end of slavery in the United States.Pair “From Slaves to Sharecroppers” with “With Liberty and Justice for All?” to provide students with information about the time after slavery was brought to an end in the United States. How did slavery end? How did the lives of former slaves change? How do students think Hannah would react to the idea that slavery wouldn’t end until 1865 and former slaves would continue to be mistreated?