by Thomas Jefferson
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 Bill of Rights
- James Madison
Adopted December 15th, 1791, “The Bill of Rights” refers to the first ten amendments made to the United States Constitution. This document grants and secures a number of freedoms for the federal government, the states, and for U.S. citizens.Pair “Thomas Jefferson’s Act for Establishing Religious Freedom” with the “The Bill of Rights” in order to compare how these documents frame religious freedom. How have these documents shaped the way America is today?
United and Divided: How Religion Drove Politics in Pre-Modern Europe
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “United and Divided: How Religion Drove Politics in Pre-Modern Europe,” Shelby Ostergaard explores the important role that religion has played in shaping Europe.Pair “Act for Establishing Religious Freedom” with “United and Divided: How Religion Drove Politics in Pre-Modern Europe” and ask students to discuss how the two texts portray Christianity. How do students think Thomas Jefferson would respond to how Christianity spread throughout Europe? Are the ideals of religious freedom something that are still protected in our society today? Why or why not?