by Angela Murock Hussein
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.
Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism
“Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism” contemplates the relationship between the ancient Greeks’ human-oriented polytheism and their cultural endorsement of individualism.Pair “Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism” with “Let’s Write” to provide students with additional information about ancient Greece. Ask students to discuss the popular myths described in “Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism.” How do students think writing help preserve and spread these stories? How do both texts show how ancient Greece influenced the rest of the world and modern-day?
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 “Down the Drain” with “Let’s Write” to provide students with information about artifacts found in ancient Rome. Ask students to discuss how archeologists have been able to learn about ancient civilizations through the things they left behind. What did archeologists learn about Romans when they found their teeth? What have experts been able to learn about written language in ancient Greece and Rome from the writing tools they left behind?