by Sojourner Truth
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.
The Story of Ida B. Wells
- Shannon Moreau
This is a short biography of Ida B. Wells and the personal tragedy she experienced that pushed her to raise national awareness about violence and discrimination against African Americans.Pair "The Story of Ida B. Wells" with "Ain't I a Woman?" and ask students to compare the actions and attitudes of these two influential activists. What injustices did Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells fight against? How did they use their words to move people and start change?
Emma Watson’s United Nations: “HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too” Speech
- Emma Watson
“Emma Watson’s United Nations ‘HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too’ Speech” explores Watson’s own experiences with gender inequality and the need for the participation of men to end it.Pair "Emma Watson's United Nations: 'HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too' Speech" with "Ain't I a Woman?" and ask students to discuss how both texts explore how men are affected by gender inequality. Why does Sojourner Truth think it would be beneficial for men to allow others the same rights that they enjoy? How does this compare to Emma Watson's depiction of how men and boys are disadvantaged by gender inequality?
First Woman to Wear a Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later
- Camila 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 “Ain’t I A Woman?” with “First Woman To Wear A Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later” and ask students to compare Sojourner Truth’s views on women with Kathrine Switzer’s. How do the two authors think the abilities of women compare to men? How did both women expose and challenge the unfair treatment of women?
From Africa to America
- Eric Arnesen
In the informational text “From Africa to America,” Eric Arnesen discusses the transportation of Africans to America to work as slaves.Pair “Ain’t I a Woman?” with “From Africa to America” to provide students with a speech from a former slave and activist, Sojourner Truth. Ask students to discuss how women and black people were treated unfairly in America. How did slavery contribute to the racial inequalities that existed, and continue to exist, in America? What challenges do you students think Truth faced as a black woman in America?