by Jessica McBirney
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.
Duck & Cover: School Drills During the Cold War
- Jessica McBirney
This article describes the “Duck and Cover” drills and other efforts at nuclear attack preparedness made by the United States government during the Cold War period.Pair “Duck & Cover: School Drills During the Cold War” with “The Bombing of Hiroshima” and ask students to discuss the fear that nuclear weapons inspired. After learning about the impact that nuclear bombs had on Japan, do they think it was important for students in the 1950s to have bomb drills? How might the outcomes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been different if civilians were warned in advance of the bombs?
Teaching Kids in Vietnam to Avoid a Deadly, Everyday Legacy of War
- Michael Sullivan, for All Things Considered on NPR
This NPR story describes education in Vietnam today that might save a life: lessons about different kinds of explosives.Pair “Teaching Kids in Vietnam to Avoid a Deadly, Everyday Legacy of War” with “The Bombing of Hiroshima” and ask students to discuss the lasting impacts of war. Have students compare the effects of a conventional war versus the effects of a nuclear war. What are the similarities and differences between the impacts of nuclear and conventional war?