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.
Letter to the Treasurer of Spain
- Christopher Columbus
Upon arriving to the island "Juana"--present-day Cuba--Italian explorer Christopher Columbus wrote this letter to the benefactor of his voyage about the rich landscape and curious people he encountered in this promising new territory.Pair “Letter to the Treasurer of Spain” with “Clash of Cultures: Indigenous America and the Conquistadores” and ask people to compare these first contacts between European and indigenous American cultures. How did the European explorers and colonizers view the native populous and their land? What consequences did this encounter produce?
- Mark Cartwright
The informational text “Aztec Sacrifice” discusses the origins of human sacrifice in Mesoamerican culture, as well as the variety of reasons and methods sacrifices were made.Pair “Aztec Sacrifice” with “Clash of Cultures: Indigenous America and the Conquistadores” and ask students to discuss this notorious Aztec ritual. Why did the Aztec people perform this particular form of sacrifice? What does this ritual reveal about their culture and how they viewed the world?