by David White
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.
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 “Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero” “ and ask students to discuss attitudes on women in traditionally masculine roles/activities, especially in war? How do we remember women who fight?
The Life of Julius Caesar
- David White
The is article summarizes the biography of the Roman general Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE), including: his early life, his rise to power, his contribution to the Roman Empire, and his assassination by a group of his fellow politicians on the ides of March (March 15th), 44 B.C.Pair “Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero” with “The Life of Julius Caesar” and ask students to discuss these larger-than-life figures. How did they rise to fame and power? What were their downfalls? What impact did they have on history?
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
- Rosi Hollinbeck
In the informational text “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine,” Rosi Hollinbeck discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s duties as a princess and trained mechanic in her youth.Pair “Joan of Arc: Frances’s Young Tragic Hero” with “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine” and ask students to discuss how both young girls challenged what was expected of them. Why did Joan and Princess Elizabeth decide to do things not expected of them? How did the public react? Who do you think had a bigger impact on history?