by David White
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.
Paul Revere's Ride
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” tells the story of Paul Revere, whose ride through greater Boston one night in 1775 helped spark the American Revolution.Pair “Paul Revere’s Ride” with “Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin” and ask students to discuss how these two Revolutionary men are remembered in United States history. What values do they represent in American culture and history?
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
- BirdBrain History
In this satirical text, a loyal subject of Great Britain doubts whether America will succeed as a country with its new Declaration of Independence.Pair “Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin” with “The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense” and ask students to discuss themes of loyalty and nationality in regards to the relationship between the United States and Great Britain. Why were some colonists loyal to the British king throughout the American Revolution?
What Made Aldrich Ames Tick?
- Mike Kubic
Why did Aldrich Ames, former C.I.A. agent, betray his country to spy for the K.G.B.?Pair “Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin” with “What Makes Aldrich Ames Tick” and ask students to analyze what caused these two individuals to betray their country. What motivated them? How were their motivations similar and different?