by Mike Kubic
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.
From Resistance to Reservations
This informational text details the final conflicts of the 300-year American Indian Wars and their devastating effects for Native Americans.Pair “From Resistance to Reservations” with “Manifest Destiny” and ask students to discuss what motivated the American government and military to formulate the policies they did. How did those actions affect Native Americans?
Excerpts from Thomas Jefferson’s Writings on American Indians
- Thomas Jefferson
These excerpts from Thomas Jefferson’s letters and book Notes on the State of Virginia reveal Jefferson’s complicated view of American Indians and their uncertain future in America.Pair “Excerpts From Thomas Jefferson’s Writings on American Indians” with “Manifest Destiny” and ask students to identify Jefferson’s feelings toward Native Americans. What qualities did Jefferson admire about the Native Americans, and what course of action did he believe to be best when reconciling the conflict between settlers’ desire to explore new territories and Native claims to their lands?
Agreement Between the U.S. and the Spokane Indians
- Digital Public Library of America
The “Agreement Between the U.S. and the Spokane Indians” outlines the parameters of the Spokane Indians’ relocation to the Coeur d’Alene Reservation.Pair “Agreement Between U.S. And the Spokane Indians” with “Manifest Destiny” and ask students to address the ways in which the United States spoke about their political dealings with Native tribes during this time. What does the language indicate about the way Native Americans were viewed in this emergent country? Do you believe the Native Americans received a fair concession?
Excerpt from The Tempest
- William Shakespeare
In this excerpt from The Tempest, a sorcerer named Prospero threatens Caliban, an inhabitant of the island he is stranded on, to do his bidding.Pair “Manifest Destiny” with “Excerpt from The Tempest” and ask students to discuss how the idea of “manifest destiny” compares to Caliban’s description of Prospero’s rule. Why do the individuals in the two texts feel entitled to the land and the people inhabiting it?