by George Hewes
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.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
- Patrick Henry
In this speech, Patrick Henry rouses colonist leaders to take up arms against the British tyranny. It is from this speech that the Declaration of Independence was born. This speech uses an emotional argument, and lays the foundation for fundamental American values of individual power.Pair “A Participant’s First-Hand Account of the Boston Tea Party” with “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech” and ask students to compare and contrast how the authors treat the subject of rebellion.
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 “A Participant’s First-Hand Account of the Boston Tea Party” with “The Road to American Independence” and ask students to discuss what role the Boston Tea Party played in the American Revolution. What does its role in the revolution tell us about the importance of symbolic acts?
The Sit-In Movement
This informational text discusses the different forms of peaceful protests that civil rights activists employed during their struggle for equality.Pair “A Participant’s First-Hand Account of the Boston Tea Party” with “The Sit-In Movement” and asks students to compare and contrast how the two groups of protestors responded to injustice. Have students discuss how the situations that led to the protests were similar or different.