by Elizabeth Blair
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.
- Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English writer, poet, and soldier. “Dreamers,” a poem about the dark side of war and its impact on soldiers, was likely inspired by Sassoon’s own experiences in World War I.Pair “Dreamers” with “The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun” and ask students to discuss the effects of war. How do both texts explore the different strains that war puts on soldiers? Do students think that Desmond Doss encountered greater obstacles than other soldiers? Why or why not?
Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013
- Malala Yousafzai
In her 2013 Speech to the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai states the importance of education and women’s rights.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” with “The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun” and ask students to discuss how Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Doss responded to violence. Compare their perspectives on violence. What are some similarities between their responses to violence? How did their respective time periods influence their perspectives on violence?
Introduction to World War II
The informational text “Introduction to World War II” discusses the causes of World War II, as well as its progression and conclusion.Pair “Introduction to World War II” with “The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun” to provide students with historical context on World War II. Why do you think it was important to Desmond Doss that he contribute to the war effort in some way? What was the public’s opinion on the war during this time?