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.
The Code of Hammurabi
- 1772 BCE
The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code of ancient Mesopotamia that dates back to about 1772 B.C. Hammurabi, the sixth Babylonian king, enacted The Code, which consists of 282 laws and corresponding punishments (depending on social status). The notion of trial by ordeal actually has some foundation in this ancient set of laws.Pair “The Code of Hammurabi” with “’You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights.” The law needs to be known and Hammurabi and the United States both got the word out in two different ways. Why is it important to know the law, and to know one’s rights? How do both of these texts relate to fairness?
- Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, journalist, and a pioneering feminist writer. Trifles was first performed by the Provincetown Players at the Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, MA on August 8, 1916. In this one-act play, two women solve a mystery that the men cannot, uncovering some chilling secrets about the lives of their neighbors.Pair “Trifles” with “’You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights” and discuss the place of Miranda Rights in a fair trial, like the trial in “Trifles.”