by Peggy King Anderson
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.
Tsenacomoco: My World
- Julie Durway
In “Tsenacomoco: My World,” the historical figure known as Pocahontas recounts her life and the arrival of the English.Pair “Tsenacomoco: My World” with “The Long March” to provide students with an account of how the Powhatan people’s lives were changed by encounters with English settlers. In what ways are the changes that happened in the lives of the Powhatan and the changes that happened for the Potawatomi similar? In what ways are they different? In both stories, characters see the importance of telling stories about the past. Why is it so important to tell the stories of life in America before the settlers forced so many changes?
Clinging to Tradition, Mattaponi Fight Reservoir
- Ellen Nakashima
In this informational text by Ellen Nakashima, representatives of the Mattaponi Indians and Newport News discuss their positions on a plan to build a new reservoir.Pair “Clinging to Tradition, Mattaponi Fight Reservoir” with “The Long March.” In what ways are the two accounts similar? In what ways are they different? How does Chief Custalow’s fight in modern times differ from Equa-Ke-Sec’s fight in the past?