by Joyce Grant
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.
A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate
- Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
In 1942, a young Polish boy named Jack Mandelbaum was torn from the rest of his family - who were sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz - to work in a labor camp. This article reports on the story of his survival.Pair the news article "East German Man Receives Contest Prize 45 Years Later " with another news article, "A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate" for help students better understand the devastation, consequences, and aftermath of WW2.
- Robert Frost
In Frost’s classic poem “Mending Wall,” a speaker contemplates the necessity of the dilapidated stone wall dividing his and his neighbor’s land.Pair “Mending Wall” with “East German Man Receives Contest Prize 45 Years Later” and have students discuss the purpose and impact of borders and divides. Why do we place barriers between people and countries? What effect does this have on our lives?
The Berlin Wall
- Mike Kubic
Mike Kubic discusses the Berlin Wall and its effects on the two halves of Berlin that now stood divided.Pair “East German Man Receives Contest Prize 45 Years Later” with “The Berlin Wall” and have students discuss what life was like in East Germany, and why its leaders were so opposed to Western influences like pop music.