by Barbara Radner
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 Road to American Independence
- Jessica McBirney
In “The Road to American Independence,” the text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.Pair “The Road to American Independence” with “The First Flag” so that students may further explore America’s history in achieving independence from Great Britain. In what ways do students believe the first American flag was responsible for motivating soldiers during the many battles of the American Revolution?
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
- Barbara Radner
“Valley Forge and the American Revolution” explores the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.Pair "Valley Forge and the American Revolution" with "The First Flag" so that students may have a deeper understanding of some of the events that took place during the American Revolution. Based on these two stories, why was George Washington a great leader?
A Flag That Honors War Veterans
- Shawn E. Hanscom
In the informational text “A Flag That Honors War Veterans,” Shawn E. Hanscom discusses the creation of the first Service Flag and what it represents.Pair “The First Flag” with “A Flag That Honors War Veterans” and ask students to discuss the different flags described in the two texts. What was the American flag meant to represent? How does this compare to what the Service Flag symbolizes? How do the two types of flags help bring people together?
Waiting for Miss Liberty
- Barbara D. Krasner
In the informational text “Waiting for Miss Liberty,” Barbara D. Krasner discusses the construction of the Statue of Liberty on an island in New York Harbor.Pair “The First Flag” with “Waiting for Miss Liberty” and ask students to discuss the symbolic significance of the American flag and the Statue of Liberty. Why were they both constructed? What messages do they send about America?