by Mike Weinstein
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.
Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century
- Jessica McBirney
This informational text describes the hard lives of Mexican-Americans and immigrants who became migrant workers throughout the 20th century in the United States.Pair “Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century” with “Working the Farms: Children on the Move” to provide students with additional information about migrant work. How did Cesar Chavez help improve migrant workers’ rights? What problems do migrant workers, especially children, continue to face?
The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker
- BirdBrain History
In “The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker,” the text walks the reader through a typical day in the life of a U.S. industrial worker and the poor, unsafe conditions they faced.Pair “The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker” with “Working the Farms: Children on the Move” to provide students with information about another time in history when young children worked. Ask students to compare the work that children did during the Industrial Revolution with the work that children are doing now as migrant workers. Are students surprised that children continue to be allowed to work today, especially at such a young age? Why or why not?
Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker
- Felix Contreras
In the interview “Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker,” Felix Contreras questions his father about his past experiences as a migrant worker.Pair “Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker” with “Working the Farms: Children on the Move” to provide students with an interview with a former migrant worker. Ask students to discuss how Luis Contreras describes his life as a migrant farm worker. Both texts discuss how labor laws were passed, but difficult to enforce. Why do you think there were cases of migrant workers not following the laws that were meant to protect them?