by Sara Wilson Etienne
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America
- Barbara Radner
This informational text outlines Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership in America.Pair “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America” with “How Salt Shook an Empire” to provide students with information about another activist who didn’t believe in violence. Ask students to compare the peaceful ways that Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi protested. How did both activists contribute to important change?
The Many and the Few
- J. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis’ poem “The Many and the Few,” a speaker describes the historic moment when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Pair “The Many and the Few” with “How Salt Shook an Empire” to provide students with a poem about Rosa Parks. Ask students to discuss how Rosa Parks and Mahatma Gandhi both protested through committing a crime. In the poem, the speaker describes the “Many” and the “Few.” Do students think Gandhi could be considered one of the “Few” who helped the “Many”? Why or why not?