by James Baldwin
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 Story of Prometheus and Pandora's Box
- James Baldwin
A retelling of the classic tales of Prometheus and Pandora’s Box, which explores the themes of power and tyranny, disobedience, the cost of progress, and the human condition.Pair "The Story of Prometheus and Pandora’s Box" with "Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age” and ask students to discuss themes of power and tyranny. How do myths teach us valuable lessons about humankind? What lessons can be learned from these myths?
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city Athens got its name.Pair “Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens” with "Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age”and ask students to discuss how these myths explore the ways in which power and violence can lead to change, not always for the better. Ask students to draw on history and their own experiences as they consider how the use of force has negatively impacted today’s world.