by Mark Cartwright
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.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
- Patrick Henry
In this speech, Patrick Henry rouses colonist leaders to take up arms against the British tyranny. It is from this speech that the Declaration of Independence was born. This speech uses an emotional argument, and lays the foundation for fundamental American values of individual power.Pair “Greek Government” with “Give me Liberty or Give me Death Speech” and ask students to discuss why democracy emerges. Ask students to compare the revolutionary ideas regarding tyranny in Henry’s speech to the revolutionary ideas of democracy in ancient Greece.
From 'A Time for Choosing' Speech
- Ronald Reagan
“A Time for Choosing,” also known simply as “The Speech,” was presented by Hollywood actor and motivational speaker Ronald Reagan during the 1964 U.S. presidential election in favor of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. It is considered the event that launched Reagan’s political career. In this famous speech, Reagan argues for "the maximum of individual freedom."Pair “Greek Government” with “From ‘A Time for Choosing’ Speech” and ask students to discuss the juxtaposing ideas of tyranny and democracy discussed in both texts. How are the ideals of freedom that Reagan addresses similar to the ideals of freedom in ancient Greece?
The Rise of Greek City-States: Athens Versus Sparta
This text explores how vastly different city-states rose in Ancient Greece by comparing the cultures of Athens and Sparta.Pair “Greek Government” with “The Rise of City-States: Athens Versus Sparta” and ask students to discuss why certain city-states might benefit from or practice different forms of government. Why did the government differ in Athens and Sparta?
The Golden Age of Athens
- Collomia Charles
In the informational text “The Golden Age of Athens,” Collomia Charles describes Athens’ democratic society during the Golden Age.Pair “Greek Government” with “The Golden Age of Athens” to provide students with additional information about the varying forms of government in Greek city-states. Ask students to compare and contrast the different systems. Which system do students think would produce the best city-state? How may have its democratic government contributed to Athens’ success during its Golden Age?