by Chaddie Kruger
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 Founding of American Democracy
- Jessica McBirney
The Constitution was formed to protect the rights of citizens and states more than 200 years ago, and it is still the basis of our government today.Pair “The Founding of American Democracy” with “Athens vs. Rome” and ask students to discuss the establishment of America and the Roman Republic’s democracy. How was power similarly distributed in America and the Roman Republic? How do both texts show how America and the Roman Republic didn’t allow everyone to fairly participate in their democratic society?
The Golden Age of Athens
- Collomia Charles
In the informational text “The Golden Age of Athens,” Collomia Charles describes Athens’ democratic society during the Golden Age.Pair “The Golden Age of Athens” with “Athens vs. Rome” to provide students with information about another ancient democracy. Ask students to compare democracy in ancient Athens with democracy in the Roman Republic. How did Athens and Rome limit who had a voice in their government?
What’s What with the Rostra?
- Sarah Linn
In the informational text “What’s What with the Rostra?” Sarah Linn describes platforms in ancient Rome that people addressed the public from.Pair “What’s What with the Rostra?” with “Athens vs. Rome” to provide students with information about how people addressed the public in ancient Rome. Ask students to discuss how Rome’s rostra contributed to government business. How do students think rostra positively contributed to Rome’s democratic society?