by Lena Lambrinou
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.
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city Athens got its name.Pair “Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens” with “Design Par Excellence” to provide students with a story about Athena. Ask students to discuss why Athena was so important to Athens. What did she do for Athenians? How do both texts help readers understand why the ancient Greeks would build a temple to honor Athena? Can students think of other gods likely honored by the ancient Greeks with a temple?
Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism
“Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism” contemplates the relationship between the ancient Greeks’ human-oriented polytheism and their cultural endorsement of individualism.Pair “Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism” with “Design Par Excellence” to provide students with additional information about ancient Greece. Ask students to discuss how both texts emphasizes the gods’ importance to the ancient Greeks. What did the ancient Greeks believed the gods did for them?
- Mark Cartwright
In the informational text “Gymnasium,” Mark Cartwright discusses the purpose of gymnasia in ancient Greek life.Pair “Gymnasium” with “Design Par Excellence” to provide students with information about another structure in ancient Greece. Ask students to discuss how the gymnasia in ancient Greece compare to their temples. How did their appearance and purpose compare? How were both structures important to life in ancient Greece?
Take A Look at Roman Art
- Julia Troche
In the informational text “Take a Look at Roman Art,” Julia Troche discusses the symbolism in statues of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus.Pair “Design Par Excellence” with “Take a Look at Roman Art” to provide students with information about ancient Greek structures. Ask students to discuss the detailed work that went into ancient Greek and Roman structures and sculptures. How do the purposes of these sculptures and statues compare?