by The Washington Herald
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.
- Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English writer, poet, and soldier. “Dreamers,” a poem about the dark side of war and its impact on soldiers, was likely inspired by Sassoon’s own experiences in World War I.Pair “Dreamers” with “Austrian Heir and his Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing” to provide students with one soldier’s perspective on the war that resulted because of the Austrian royalty’s assassination.
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 “Austrian Heir and his Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing” and ask students to discuss how violence has been used in the past to create political change. How does Booth’s thoughts on his crime compare to Cabrinovitch and Prinzip?
Dulce et Decorum Est
- Wilfred Owen
The horrors of chemical warfare during World War I are described in this gripping poem.Pair “Dulce et Decorum Est” with “Austrian Heir and his Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing” and have students explore the costs of war. How do Cabrinovitch’s and Prinzip’s thoughts on war and violence compare to those held by Owen’s? Can their thoughts on the matter possibly co-exist or are they too different to reconcile?
“A Mad Dash to Disaster”: The First World War
- Mike Kubic
“‘A Mad Dash to Disaster’: The First World War,” is an informational text that provides an overview of World War I, outlined with quotes by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.Pair “Austrian Heir and Wife Shot to Death after Escaping Bombing” with “‘A Mad Dash to Disaster’: The First World War” and ask students to discuss the information provided in the news article in light of the informational text. What was the initial public reaction to the Archduke’s assassination? Could his and his wife’s deaths have been avoided?