by Evening Star
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.
- Sir Francis Bacon
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.Pair “On Revenge” with “Assassination of the President” to prompt a discussion about what motivates people to do bad things. Was John Wilkes Booth taking a stand for what he believed in? Does that make his actions right? When is it acceptable for someone to do something wrong for the right reasons?
This informational text details the controversial policies of Reconstruction after the American Civil War.Pair “Reconstruction” with “Assassination of the President” to give students a deeper understanding of the confusing and pressing issues faced by Americans in 1865. How did the Civil War and the Reconstruction that came after affect the American people?
Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth
- John Wilkes Booth
In his final diary entry, John Wilkes Booth justifies his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wonders at his fate.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “Assassination of the President” to provide students with a very different perspective on Lincoln’s assassination. How does Booth perceive his actions? Why does Booth feel that his actions were justified? Does reading his own words change your perception of him or of his actions?