by Kay Mouradian
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.
- Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English writer, poet, and soldier. “Dreamers,” a poem about the dark side of war and its impact on soldiers, was likely inspired by Sassoon’s own experiences in World War I.Pair “Dreamers” with “Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation” to provide students with a perspective on battle during World War I. Ask students to discuss how the story and poem portray the world during World War I. How do the story and the poem emphasize the consequences of war? Does one text give context to the other? Why or why not?
Anti-Jewish Legislation in Prewar Germany
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This article details the rise of anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany throughout the 1930s which eventually led to the complete dehumanization and segregation of Jews living in Nazi-occupied territory.Pair “Anti-Jewish Legislation in Prewar Germany” with “Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation” to provide students with information about another displacement and genocide. Ask students to compare the treatment of Armenians in Turkey to the treatment of Jews in Germany. How do both texts address the idea of the future for these groups?
The Man Who Coined 'Genocide' Spent His Life Trying To Stop It
- NPR Staff
The informational text “The Man Who Coined ‘Genocide’ Spent His Life Trying to Stop It” discusses the life and work of Raphael Lemkin, as well as the documentary on him and on the fight against genocide.Pair “The Man Who Coined ‘Genocide’ Spent His Life Trying to Stop It” with “Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation” to provide students with additional information about genocide and the murder of Armenians. Ask students to discuss how Raphael Lemkin was affected by the Armenians’ treatment in 1915. Why do students think there wasn’t a term for “genocide” before Lemkin, despite the act taking place? Could this have affected the outcome for the characters in “Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation”? Why or why not?