by BirdBrain History
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 Emperor's New Clothes
- Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author best known for his collection of fairy tales, such as “The Little Mermaid.” In “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” two conmen manage to convince the emperor to wear clothing that is invisible to the foolish or stupid. Embarrassed to admit he cannot see the clothes, the emperor strips, puts them on, and walks naked through the streets.Pair “The House Falls Apart” with “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and ask students to compare the power and demise of the Roman empire to the fall of the emperor.
The Life of Julius Caesar
- David White
The is article summarizes the biography of the Roman general Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE), including: his early life, his rise to power, his contribution to the Roman Empire, and his assassination by a group of his fellow politicians on the ides of March (March 15th), 44 B.C.Pair “The House Falls Apart” with ‘The Life of Julius Caesar” and ask students to discuss how Caesar’s foundation for the Roman Empire created a society that would ultimately cause its own end.
Japan's Quest for Empire
- Jessica McBirney
This article provides a brief history of Japan’s age of imperialism throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.Pair “The House Falls Apart” with “Japan’s Quest for Empire” and ask students to discuss the common themes of greed in corruption in the case of both empires collapsing. Ask them to focus on how a need for wealthy territory is involved in both texts.