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.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
- CommonLit Staff
The phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” describes the habit of trying to compete with your peers’ social status, wealth, and possessions. This article explores our systems of status and class, and why there exists this pressure of social competition.Pair “What Makes Aldrich Ames Tick” with “Keeping Up with the Joneses” and ask students to analyze Ames’ desire to accumulate wealth and social status. Was money the true driver that led Ames to betray America?
Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin
- David White
This article summarizes the life of American general Benedict Arnold and how his name has become synonymous with treason and betrayal.Pair “Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin” with “What Makes Aldrich Ames Tick” and ask students to analyze what caused these two individuals to betray their country. What motivated them? How were their motivations similar and different?
A Horseman in the Sky
- Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 – c. 1914) was an American journalist, satirist, and short story writer. In this short story set during the American Civil War, a young Virginian man joins the Union Army and falls asleep on one of his watches. When he awakes, he faces a difficult duty.Pair “A Horseman in the Sky” with “What Made Aldrich Ames Tick” and ask students to discuss the different loyalties that are maintained and betrayals that are made. Are people more willing to betray their family? Their ideals? Their country?