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.
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.
Paul Revere's Ride
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The poem "Paul Revere's Ride" tells the story of Paul Revere, whose ride through greater Boston one night in 1775 helped spark the American Revolution.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?
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.