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.
'Day of Infamy' Speech
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
On December 7, 1941 Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, a United States naval base in Hawaii, effectively drawing America into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, delivered this speech to a Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack.Pair “'Day of Infamy’ Speech” with “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” and ask students to discuss how Franklin D. Roosevelt’s depiction of the attack compares to the information provided in “The Attack on Pearl Harbor.” What additional details does Roosevelt reveal about the relationship between the United States and Japan? How does this influence students’ understanding of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and other areas throughout the Pacific?
Japanese Relocation during World War II
- National Archives
The informational text, “Japanese Relocation during World War II,” discusses the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.Pair “Japanese Relocation during World War II” with “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” to provide students with additional information on how the attack on Pearl Harbor further effected citizens of the United States. Ask students to discuss the suspension of citizens’ rights for the purpose of national security. Do times of war make this acceptable?
Reliving the Attack on Pearl Harbor
- Veterans History Project
In “Reliving the Attack on Pearl Harbor”, J.C. Alton shares his experiences serving in the army and the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor as he remembers them.Pair “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” with “Reliving the Attack on Pearl Harbor” to provide students with additional information regarding Pearl Harbor. How does Alton’s description of the attack compare to how “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” depicts it?