by Mike Kubic
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 Daisy Girl Ad
- CommonLit Staff
In the 1964 Presidential campaign, incumbent LBJ ran a controversial advertisement that used fear as a persuasive tool.Pair “The Daisy Girl Ad” with “Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States” and ask students to discuss the political climate during the height of the Cold War. How did the fear of nuclear war affect people’s thoughts and decisions, especially Americans’ after the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters
- Mike Kubic
In “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters,” Mike Kubic explores Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo’s rule from 1930 to 1961, before the oppressed people of his nation would no longer stand for his regime.Pair "Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States" with "Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters" and ask students to compare these historic dictatorships. What roles did they play in larger conflicts? How did each leader rise and fall from power?
The Russian Revolution
- Mike Kubic
In “The Russian Revolution,” this informational text explores the causes of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which led to the complete upheaval of Russian government and society.Pair “Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States” with “The Russian Revolution” and ask students to compare Cuba’s revolution to the Russia’s. Why or how do you think communism took hold of these countries?
Recalling Castro's Ascension — And CIA Reaction
- Tom Gjelten
In the informational text “Recalling Castro’s Ascension — And CIA Reaction,” Tom Gjelten explores Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba and the responses of CIA officials at the time.Pair “Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States” with “Recalling Castro’s Ascension – And CIA Reaction” to provide students with additional information regarding Castro’s rise to power in Cuba. How does the depiction of the involvement of the United States government in Castro’s rise to power compare in the two texts? How does Mike Kubic’s article affect students’ perspective on the United States’ involvement in Cuba?