by Prime Minister Winston Churchill
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.
If We Must Die
- Claude McKay
Claude McKay (1889-1948) was a Jamaican-American writer and poet who was a seminal figure during the Harlem Renaissance. In this poem, McKay discusses facing death and other obstacles with courage and dignity, and reflects upon his perspective on the black experience during early 20th century America.Pair “If We Must Die” with “’Never Give In’ Speech” and ask students to discuss the common ideas of the two texts. How does Claude McKay’s approach overcoming obstacles compare to Winston Churchill’s opinions?
Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
This speech, made by 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 1933-1945), addresses the problems of the Great Depression and the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s—during which severe drought and erosion conditions led to a prolonged agricultural crisis.Pair “Excerpts from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “’Never Give In’ Speech” and ask students to compare how the two speakers suggest people should respond to difficult situations. What similarities do students identify between the content and the objective of these two speeches?
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
- Angela Lee Duckworth
In the TED Talk “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.Pair “Winston’s Churchill’s ‘Never Give In’ Speech” with “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” and ask students to discuss how perseverance leads to success. What different forms of success do the two texts explore? What other traits do the two texts explore that contribute to success?