by National Park Service
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 1972 Andes Flight Disaster
- CommonLit Staff
In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the remote Andes mountains, forcing the young men to resort to dire measures to survive. Instead of resigning to starvation (and perhaps, listening to their superego), they chose to engage in cannibalism.Pair “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” with “Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island” and ask students to compare these two events. While we don’t know the exact details of the Roanoke colony’s fate, it’s safe to assume that they would have faced dire circumstances for survival. What would you do if you were put in either of those situations?
Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith
- Chief Powhatan
In the “Address to Captain John Smith,” Chief Powhatan discusses the current violent relationship between English settlers and the Powhatan people.Pair “Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith” with “Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island” and ask students to discuss early English colonization in North America. What was the relationship like between the Native Americans and the English? What was the impact of the English presence in this region?
French and Indian War
In “French and Indian War,” this informational text recounts the history of the French and Indian War and how it played out between its three combatants: France, Great Britain, and the native people of North America.Pair “French and Indian War” with “Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island” and ask students to discuss the history of English settlement and dominance in the New World. How did their presence evolve from a failed, missing colony to almost total control of North America? How was their presence received?