by H.G. Wells
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.
Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area
- Interviews That Matter
A journalist from Interviews That Matter speaks with a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 in Ukraine. The interviewee paints a haunting picture of the devastated area then and now.Pair “Chernobyl: A Story from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “The Cone” and ask students to discuss the potential dangers of industry.
A Poison Tree
- William Blake
In “A Poison Tree,” a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.Pair “The Cone” with “A Poison Tree” and ask students to compare Horrocks to the speaker of the poem. How does each text depict the act of seeking revenge? How do these characters react when they finally enact their revenge, and what does this reveal about their characters?
- Sir Francis Bacon
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.Pair “On Revenge” with “The Cone” and ask students to discuss the nature of betrayal and revenge. Would Bacon have found Horrock’s actions to be justified? Why or why not?