by BirdBrain History
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.
Out Where the West Begins
- Arthur Chapman
Arthur Chapman was an American journalist who wrote the imagery-laden poem “Out Where The West Begins” in 1917, in response to some Western governors who were having a dispute over which American states should be considered “the West.”Pair “Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe” with “Out Where the West Begins” and ask students to compare how the speakers in each piece describe the west, with a focus on tone.
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe” with “I Am Offering This Poem” and ask students to think about depictions of Native Americans in the minds of settlers, such as Cordelia from “Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe,” compared to when native people can speak for themselves, as Jimmy does in “I Am Offering This Poem.”
- Barbara Radner
“Traveling West” describes the nature of American pioneers’ expeditions westward during the 19th century.Pair “Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe” with “Traveling West” and have students consider the different motivations that Americans had for moving West. What were the most compelling reasons for moving West? What reasons do you agree or disagree with?
Lewis and Clark: American Explorers
- Barbara Radner
“Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” explores the circumstances of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s famous 1804 journey to chart the western United States.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe” and ask students to discuss why Americans felt the need to travel out West and how Lewis and Clark helped enable future settlers.