by Linda Pastan
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 Scramble for Africa
- Mike Kubic
This informational text summarizes the European and American colonization and plundering of Africa, as well as Africans’ resistance and eventual independence movements.Pair "Egg" with "The Scramble for Africa" and ask students to analyze how lines 1-2 of "Egg" connect to the actions of the British during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Inca: Engineering an Empire
The informational text “The Inca: Engineering an Empire” explores the impressive expansion of the Inca Empire and its eventual collapse at the hands of Spanish conquerors.Pair “Egg” with “The Inca: Engineering an Empire” as a case study and ask students to analyze the history of the Inca empire in the context of the themes of Pastan’s poem.
The Truman Doctrine Speech
- President Harry S. Truman
In “The Truman Doctrine Speech,” President Truman asks Congress for resources to aid Greece and Turkey, allowing them to maintain their freedom during the Cold War.Pair “The Truman Doctrine Speech” with “Egg” and ask students how the ideas presented in each text compare. Who or what is the egg in “The Truman Doctrine Speech”? What about the spoon? How does the tone toward the state of affairs compare in each text?