by Marshall Joseph Becker
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.
Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History
- Michaeleen Doucleff
In the informational text “Working Moms Have Been A ‘Thing’ Since Ancient History,” Michaeleen Doucleff discusses a study that sheds light on prehistoric women’s work.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?
- Mark Cartwright
In the informational text “Gymnasium,” Mark Cartwright discusses the purpose of gymnasia in ancient Greek life.Pair “Gymnasium” with “Down the Drain” to provide students with information about a structure created by the ancient Greeks and eventually adopted by the ancient Romans. Do students think that the ancient Romans likely had a gymnasium in the Roman Forum? Why or why not? How do both texts emphasize the importance of having public spaces where people could come together for both the ancient Greeks and Romans?
How did Greeks and Romans Write?
- Angela Murock Hussein
In the informational text “Let’s Write,” Angela Murock Hussein discusses the writing tools used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.Pair “Down the Drain” with “Let’s Write” to provide students with information about artifacts found in ancient Rome. Ask students to discuss how archeologists have been able to learn about ancient civilizations through the things they left behind. What did archeologists learn about Romans when they found their teeth? What have experts been able to learn about written language in ancient Greece and Rome from the writing tools they left behind?