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.
The Rush of Immigrants
This informational text describes the tide of new immigrants to the United States from southern and eastern Europe and Asia from the mid-1800s to the 1920s, detailing the struggle they faced due to cultural differences and racism.Pair “The Rush of Immigrants” with “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” and ask students to discuss immigrants’ experiences in America in the early 1900’s. How do the two texts depict Americans’ reactions to the influx of immigrants?
Shoe Factory Horror
- The Taney County Republican
The newspaper article “Shoe Factory Horror,” printed in The Taney County Republican, discusses the chaos caused by a boiler explosion at the R. B. Grover & Cc. shoe factory.Pair “Shoe Factory Horror” with “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” and ask students to compare these two industrial disasters. How did both incidents impact the public’s perception of working conditions in America?
Californian Neglected its Duty
- El Paso Herald
In the article “Californian Neglected its Duty,” the El Paso Herald discusses the sinking of the Titanic and why there were so few survivors.Pair “Californian Neglected its Duty” with “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” and ask students to discuss the causes that led to each of these tragedies. What were the consequences of these tragedies. How and why does tragedy often lead to improvements in policy?
Reports from the Ruins of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
- Various Authors
Two newspaper articles discuss the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. One, written amidst the flames of the city on fire, is full of despair, while the other, written a few days later, is full of hope.Pair “Reports from the Ruins of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906” with “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” and ask students to compare the two disasters that happened 5 years apart. Compare the first-hand accounts of each of the fires and ask students to analyze the tone in each of the articles. How does the cause of the fires in each of the article impact people’s reactions to the tragedy?
Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies
- John Steinbeck
In this excerpt from John Steinbeck’s article The Harvest Gypsies, Steinbeck discusses the experiences of migrant workers in America, specifically California.Pair “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” with “Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies” and ask students to compare the working conditions described in the two texts. Why were immigrant workers exposed to more dangerous work conditions for low pay? How do both texts explore the obstacles that immigrant workers faced?