by El Paso Herald
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.
Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area
- Interviews That Matter
A journalist from Interviews That Matter speaks with a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 in Ukraine. The interviewee paints a haunting picture of the devastated area then and now.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Californian Neglected its Duty” and ask students to further discuss what the world can learn from these disasters. Do students believe that both of these disasters could have been prevented? How are these tragedies examples of the disadvantages of technology?
Danish Resistance During the Holocaust
- Hans Holmskov Schlüter
During the Holocaust, some people in German-controlled Denmark fought against the violent actions and policies put in place by the Nazi party.Pair “Danish Resistance During the Holocaust” with “Californian Neglected its Duty” and ask students to discuss the heroic actions of the individuals in each text. In the context of these two tragedies, what characteristics make a hero?
Shoe Factory Horror
- The Taney County Republican
The newspaper article “Shoe Factory Horror,” printed in The Taney County Republican, discusses the chaos caused by a boiler explosion at the R. B. Grover & Cc. shoe factory.Pair “Californian Neglected its Duty” with “Shoe Factory Horror” and ask students to discuss the costs of technology. How does the tragedy of the Titanic compare to the shoe factory explosion? How could these accidents have been avoided?
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
- Mike Kubic
In “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,” Mike Kubic discusses one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history and the unsafe working conditions that caused it.Pair “Californian Neglected its Duty” with “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” and ask students to discuss the causes that led to each of these tragedies. What were the consequences of these tragedies. How and why does tragedy often lead to improvements in policy?
Titanic Officer Swears Wreck Due to Company's Neglect
- United Press Leased Wire
A newspaper excerpt about the Titanic details some of the controversy surrounding why the ship sank and who was at fault.Pair “Titanic Officer Swears Wreck Due to Company’s Neglect” with “Californian Neglected Its Duty: News Report on Senate Findings of Why the Titanic Sank with Few Survivors” and ask students to discuss what could have been done differently to prevent the tragedy from occurring? What do these two texts teach us about the importance of communication? How can we take the mistakes from the Titanic to prevent tragedies in the future?
Conflicting News Reports on the Fate of the Sinking Titanic
- Various Authors
These excerpts from two different newspapers were both written about the Titanic the day it sank, but report very inaccurate information about what happened.Pair “Conflicting Reports on the Fate of the Sinking Titanic” with “Californian Neglected Its Duty” and ask students to discuss what could have been done differently to prevent the tragedy from occurring. What do these two texts teach us about the importance of communication? Is communication important even if it’s inaccurate?