by Gwen Thompkins
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.
Witchcraft in Salem
The informational text “Witchcraft in Salem” recounts how mass hysteria gripped the town of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692-1693, a period now known as the Salem Witch Trials.Pair “Witchcraft in Salem” with “‘Witch’ Burnings Haunt Kenyan Tribe” and ask students to compare the persecution of people accused of witchcraft in the two texts. What was used as evidence against the “witches” in the two texts? How do students think fear contributed to the violence enacted on the accused witches in the two texts?