by Bruce Bower
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 Yellow Wallpaper
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a groundbreaking short story from 1892 told through journal entries that chronicles a woman’s struggle in dealing with male physicians who will not take her illness seriously.Pair “Stereotypes Might Make Female Hurricanes Deadlier” with “The Yellow Wallpaper” and ask students to consider the ways gender stereotypes have evolved since the 19th century.
Maybe Mean Girls' Mental Games Have a Purpose
- Erika Engelhaupt
This article discusses women and the "mean girl" stereotype. New studies focusing on aggression in females shed light on stereotypes and realities for women.Pair “Maybe Mean Girls’ Mental Games Have a Purpose” with “Stereotypes Might Make ‘Female’ Hurricanes Deadlier” and have students discuss the ways in which women are perceived affect society.
Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans Is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled; Toll Rises
- Joseph B. Treaster and N.R. Kleinfield
In The New York Times article “Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled; Toll Rises,” Joseph B. Treaster and N.R. Kleinfield discuss the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina.Pair “Stereotypes Might Make ‘Female’ Hurricanes Deadlier” with “Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled; Toll Rises” to provide students with information about how hurricanes are named and how their names can impact whether or not people view them as a threat. What factors contributed to residents’ decisions to not evacuate their homes in New Orleans? Do you think Hurricane Katrina’s “female” name contributed to this? Why or why not?