by George Gapon
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 Bill of Rights
- James Madison
Adopted December 15th, 1791, “The Bill of Rights” refers to the first ten amendments made to the United States Constitution. This document grants and secures a number of freedoms for the federal government, the states, and for U.S. citizens.Pair “The Bill of Rights” with “The St. Petersburg Workmen’s Petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905” and ask students to discuss the rights outlined in the two texts. How are the rights that George Gapon wants similar to the rights outlined in “The Bill of Rights”?
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
- Cesar Chavez
In this rousing 1984 speech to the Commonwealth Club of California, Cesar Chavez describes the horrible working conditions for Mexican farm workers in America and calls for change.Pair “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California” with “The St. Petersburg Workmen’s Petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905” and ask students to discuss how both texts bring attention to injustice. How do Cesar Chavez and George Gapon both make their arguments? How do both work towards creating change?
Russia's Last Czar, Nicholas II
- Mike Kubic
This informational text details the tragic rise and fall of the last czar, or emperor, of imperial Russia: Nicholas II.Pair “Russia’s Last Czar” with “The St. Petersburg Workmen’s petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905” to provide students with additional information about Nicholas II. Ask students to discuss what kind of leader Nicholas II was and why citizens in Russia felt compelled to protest his rule. How did Nicholas II respond to their peaceful protests?