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.
- Mark Cartwright
This informational text explores the various tiers of ancient Greek society, and how class, age, and gender affected people’s daily lives in this classical civilization.Pair “Greek Society” with “Gymnasium” to provide students with additional information about ancient Greek society. Ask students to discuss the variety of social groups that made up ancient Greek society. How did a person’s social class affect whether or not they could attend a gymnasium? What other aspects of life did social class affect in ancient Greece?
- Cristian Violatti
In “Greek Philosophy,” this informational text recounts the development of ancient Greek philosophy, including its notable schools and philosophers, and the impact it has had on Western history and culture.Pair “Greek Philosophy” with “Gymnasium” to provide students with additional information about Greek philosophers. Ask students to discuss the positive contributions Plato and Aristotle made to philosophy. How did gymnasia help these philosophers spread their ideas?
Design Par Excellence
- Lena Lambrinou
In the informational text, “Design Par Excellence,” Lena Lambrinou discusses temples built in ancient Greece to honor the gods.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?
Down the Drain
- Marshall Joseph Becker
In the informational text, “Down the Drain,” Marshall Joseph Becker discusses the excavation of what used to be the center of downtown ancient Rome.Pair “Gymnasium” with “Down the Drain” to provide students with information about a structure created by the ancient Greeks and eventually adopted by the ancient Romans. Do students think that the ancient Romans likely had a gymnasium in the Roman Forum? Why or why not? How do both texts emphasize the importance of having public spaces where people could come together for both the ancient Greeks and Romans?