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 Gettysburg Address
- President Abraham Lincoln
“The Gettysburg Address” emphasizes the importance of continuing to fight for the American principles of liberty and equality.Pair “The Battle of Gettysburg” with “The Gettysburg Address” and ask students to discuss how effectively the speech by Lincoln captures the carnage of the battle and honors Union losses.
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 Battle of Gettysburg” with “The South Secedes” and ask students to compare the consequences of the battles in the two texts.
The Siege of Vicksburg: A Tale of Two Generals
- Mike Kubic
In “The Siege of Vicksburg: A Tale of Two Generals,” Mike Kubic discusses the life and accomplishments of the opposing generals of the Siege of Vicksburg, an important battle for the Union’s victory in the Civil War.Pair “The Battle of Gettysburg” with “The Siege of Vicksburg: A Tale of Two Generals” and ask students to compare the two military strategies used in these attacks. How did these two battles contribute to the overall success of the Union in the Civil War? Despite the North’s success, how did these battles disadvantage them?
The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions
- Ernest B. Furgurson
In “The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions,” the First Battle of Bull Run is recounted, as well as its role in the disillusionment of the American people in the early stages of the American Civil War.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?