by Mike Kubic
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.
Washington's Farewell Address
- President George Washington
This a letter written by Washington (with the assistance of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton) to the American people, announced his intent to decline a third term in office. It was never delivered orally, but printed in the papers.Pair “Washington’s Farewell Address” with “The Monroe Doctrine” to allow students to further explore the advice of Washington referenced in Mike Kubic’s text. What additional comments does Washington make regarding the United States’ involvement with other countries? Why does Washington believe it is best if the United States does not involve itself with the “foreign world?"
The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations
In “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations,” this informational text explores how the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the establishment of the League of Nations failed to secure peace.Pair “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations” with “The Monroe Doctrine” and ask students to further discuss how presidents have attempted to ensure the security of the United States. When have they been successful? How do the opinions expressed in “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations” regarding the international involvement of the United States compare to “The Monroe Doctrine?”
Shooting an Elephant
- George Orwell
In George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant,” the author discusses the pressure he feels, as a British police officer in Burma, to kill an elephant.Pair “The Monroe Doctrine and American Imperialism” with “Shooting an Elephant” and ask students to further discuss imperialism. How does the narrator in the short story describe the British Empire’s imperialism? How does this compare to America’s actions of imperialism through the Monroe Doctrine? Why do students think that the narrator opposes imperialism but continues to contribute to it?