by Ernest B. Furgurson
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 War Prayer
- Mark Twain
In Mark Twain's "The War Prayer," a stranger visits a congregation praying for victory in war. In front of the entire congregation, this stranger outlines the cost on human life that this victory would entail. "The War Prayer" is Twain's scathing indictment on war and blind patriotism.Pair “The War Prayer” with “The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions” and ask students to discuss any shared themes or ideas between the two texts. Mark Twain, author of “The War Prayer,” fought in the Civil War — based on your reading, how do you think this experience affected him?
The South Secedes
This text details the events of the secession crisis of 1860-1861 in which the southern states formed the Confederacy and the Civil War began.Pair “The South Secedes” with “The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions” and ask students to discuss the reasons behind the secession of the South. Why did these states leave the United States union? What was the popular opinion of the Southern public regarding this decision?
The Battle of Gettysburg
This text details how the Union dealt the Confederacy a decisive blow in the Civil War at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.Pair “The Battle of Gettysburg” with “The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions” and ask students to discuss these two major battles in the Civil War. According to the texts, how did these battles factor into the state of the war, militarily and symbolically?
Causes of the American Civil War
- Mike Kubic
In “Causes of the American Civil War,” the informational text explores the causes of the American Civil War and the growing hostility between the Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders.Pair “Causes of the American Civil War” with “The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions” and ask students to discuss what factors led to the American Civil War. How does each text portray the reasons behind the civil war? How do they depict the relationship between the North and the South?