by Michaeleen Doucleff
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.
Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society
- John H. Young
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
- Susan Stamberg
This article is a production of National Public Radio (NPR), written by Susan Stamberg. During WWII, a shortage of male pilots in the United States led to the formation of a group called WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Stamberg reports on this relatively little-known group, and its struggle for national and military recognition.Pair “Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls” with “Working Moms Have Been A ‘Thing’ Since Ancient History” to provide students with another example of women’s contributions that were overlooked by history. How could the women’s contributions in WWII have been treated differently if prehistoric studies examined both male and female skeletons earlier? What is the danger of overlooking women’s contributions as discussed in “Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls”? What lesson can be learned from both texts?
Think Mothering Young Kids Is Hard? Get Ready For Even Tougher Times
- Tania Lombrozo for NPR
“Think Mothering Young Kids Is Hard? Get Ready For Even Tougher Times” discusses how different age-ranges of children can impact mothers’ feelings of stress and satisfaction.Pair “Think Mothering Young Kids Is Hard? Get Ready for Even Tougher Times” with “Working Moms Have Been A ‘Thing’ Since Ancient History” to provide students with additional information about the experiences of mothers. What obstacles or stressors do mothers encounter, as discussed in “Think Mothering Young Kids Is Hard? Get Ready for Even Tougher Times”? How do you think working further contributes to mothers’ stress?
Down the Drain
- Marshall Joseph Becker
In the informational text, “Down the Drain,” Marshall Joseph Becker discusses the excavation of what used to be the center of downtown ancient Rome.Pair “Working Mom Have Been A ‘Thing’ Since Ancient History” with “Down the Drain” to provide students with information about what archeologists have learned about the past. Ask students to discuss what archeologists learned about women from ancient times by studying their bones. What more do students think they could have learned about them if they found their teeth, or other artifacts they left behind?