by Phillis Wheatley
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.
Paul Revere's Ride
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This piece, written nearly a century after the events occurred, tells the story of Paul Revere, whose ride through greater Boston one night in 1775 helped spark the American Revolution. While not entirely historically accurate, the poem popularized the tale most Americans know today. Told from the perspective of an innkeeper, the poem recounts Revere’s midnight ride as he warns colonists of approaching British soldiers. Written in 1860 when America was on the verge of Civil War, Longfellow intended for the poem to be a call to action, reminding supporters of the northern Union that history favors the courageous.Pair “Paul Revere’s Ride” with “To His Excellency George Washington” and ask students to compare these poems about Revolutionary-era figures. What effect does the time difference of when they were written have on the overall pieces?
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 “To His Excellency, General Washington” with “Washington’s Farewell Address” and ask students to discuss the legacy of George Washington.
On Being Brought from Africa to America
- Phillis Wheatley
In this rhyme- and rhythm-rich poem, Phillis Wheatley describes being brought to America from Africa and its influence on her religious beliefs.Pair these two poems by the same poet and ask students to compare the form, literary devices, and themes explored in each.