by Nina Totenberg
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.
Resistance to the Vietnam War
- Jessica McBirney
This article discusses the reasons behind popular resistance to the Vietnam War along with the ways people showed their disapproval (and, eventually, helped bring the war to an end).Pair “Resistance to the Vietnam War” with “Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case” to provide students with additional information about the Vietnam War. Ask students to discuss why the United States became involved in the Vietnam War. Why did students protest the decision? How do both articles explore the different ways that students expressed their opinions about the war? Why do students think that young people made up a majority of the protestors?
Hate Speech and the First Amendment
- American Bar Association
In “Hate Speech and the First Amendment: Debating the ‘Mighty Constitutional Opposites,’” the American Bar Association discusses the conflicting nature of attempting to regulate hate speech without treading on the right to freedom of speech.Pair “Hate Speech and the First Amendment” with “Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case” to provide students with additional information about freedom of speech. Ask students to discuss how the two articles explore how freedom of speech isn’t complete or without limits. When can one’s speech be limited, according to “Hate Speech and the First Amendment”? When can a student’s freedom of speech be limited on school grounds?
Burning a Book
- William Stafford
William Stafford’s poem “Burning a Book” considers the act of book burning in a new light, emphasizing the greater importance of combating ignorance and sharing ideas.Pair “Burning a Book” with “Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case” and ask students to discuss the nature of censorship. How does burning books as a form of censorship compare to suspending students for expressing a political view? What are the disadvantages of limiting people’s access to information or stifling opinions? Should educators engage students in developing opinions? Why or why not?