by BirdBrain History
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.
A Jury of Her Peers
- Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, journalist, and pioneering feminist writer. Her short story “A Jury of Her Peers” is an adaptation of her one-act play Trifles: when a local man is mysteriously murdered, the men investigating assume that little can be learned from listening to their wives.Pair “Women in Ancient Rome” and “A Jury of Her Peers” and ask students to discuss how women used their influence over men in their lives to have power and say in political life.
The Golden Lotus: A History of Foot Binding
- Jessica McBirney
This informational text introduces the practice of foot binding in China, its history, and the resistance to it.Pair “Women in Ancient Rome” and “The Golden Lotus: A History of Foot Binding” and ask students to discuss the expectations put on women in different cultures compared to the lives of women in America today.
The Rise of Greek City-States: Athens Versus Sparta
This text explores how vastly different city-states rose in Ancient Greece by comparing the cultures of Athens and Sparta.Pair “The Rise of Greek City-States: Athens Versus Sparta” with “Women in Ancient Rome” and ask students to compare the lives of women in ancient Greece to ancient Rome.
- Mark Cartwright
This informational text explores the various tiers of ancient Greek society, and how class, age, and gender affected people’s daily lives in this classical civilization.Pair “Women in Ancient Rome” with “Greek Society” and ask students to compare what life was like for women in these ancient civilizations. How did they resemble or differ from one another? What underlying ideas about women could be found in both societies?
- Mark Cartwright
This informational text describes the terrible tragedy of Pompeii in 79 A.D., when the Roman town was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. It details life in the town before the eruption and how volcanic ash has preserved the town for modern day archaeologists to explore.Pair “Pompeii” with “Women in Ancient Rome” and ask students to use both texts to discuss daily life for the average citizen in the Roman era. How do these texts, with their different perspectives, contribute to a more comprehensive view of life in the ancient empire?
Take A Look at Roman Art
- Julia Troche
In the informational text “Take a Look at Roman Art,” Julia Troche discusses the symbolism in statues of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus.Pair “Women in Ancient Rome” with “Take a Look at Roman Art” to provide students with additional information about ancient Rome. Ask students to discuss the hierarchy that existed in ancient Rome. According to the information in both texts, do you think the golden age that Augustus pursued included women? Why or why not?