by Andrew Matthews
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.
Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin
- Margot Adler
In the informational text “Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin,” Margot Adler discusses the not widely known actions of Claudette Colvin in the Civil Rights Movement.Pair “Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin” with “Women who Spoke Up” to provide students with information about Colvin, a woman who refused to give up her seat before Rosa Parks. Ask students to discuss how Colvin challenged racist laws. How did the black women in “Women who Spoke Up” challenge racism through peaceful means? Why do students think that some activists are more well-known than others?
Dolores Huerta, Leader and Activist
- Diane L. Brooks
In the informational text “Dolores Huerta, Leader and Activist,” Diane L. Brooks discusses the accomplishments of the labor and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta.Pair “Dolores Huerta, Leader and Activist” with “Women who Spoke Up” to provide students with information about a well-known labor activist. Ask students to discuss how Huerta improved labor rights. How do her contributions compare to the labor activists discussed in “Women who Spoke Up”? What tactics did these women use to improve the treatment of workers?
African American Suffragists
- Margaret Gushue
In the informational text “African American Women Suffragists,” Margaret Gushue discusses women’s suffrage and African American women’s contributions to the movement.Pair “African American Suffragists” with “Women who Spoke Up” to provide students with information about notable African American suffragists. Ask students to discuss what it was like to be a woman in the late 19th and early 20th century. What obstacles did they face? How did black women face additional challenges during this time? Ask students to compare the information provided in both texts about Ida B. Wells. In what ways was Wells an inspiring and influential woman?