by Jessica McBirney
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.
Dark History Of Rwanda's Genocide
In “Dark History of Rwanda’s Genocide Makes It Hard To Move On,” Steve Inskeep discusses moving on from the Rwandan Genocide with Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.Pair “Dark History of Rwanda’s Genocide” with “War in Sudan” to provide students information about two genocides that are often likened to each other. What are some similarities between the genocide in Rwanda and the genocide in Darfur? What are the differences? Having read about the tragedies in Rwanda and in Sudan, do you think justice is more important or reconciliation? Do you think justice and reconciliation can be achieved together? Why or why not?
Bag of Bones
- Dunya Mikhail
“Bag of Bones” is a poem that questions tragedy and death when a mass grave is unearthed.Pair “Bag of Bones” with “War in Sudan,” and ask students to consider the effects of genocide. What does it feel like to read about the genocide in Darfur? What are their reactions to reading “Bag of Bones”? What kind of impact do the facts in “War in Sudan” have compared to the thoughts and images in “Bag of Bones”?
Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History
- Juliet Linderman for Voice of Witness
In the interview “Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History,” Juliet Linderman interviews a Sudanese refugee about his experience relocating to America.Pair “War in Sudan” with “Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History” to provide students with additional information about the civil wars in Sudan and South Sudan. What additional information does the text “War in Sudan” provide students about the conflict that displaced Felix Lohitai? What ongoing conflicts in South Sudan prevent Lohitai from returning to his home country?