by Mark Cartwright
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.
When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
- John Keats
John Keats (1795-1821) was an English Romantic poet whose reputation grew after his death. This poem, though written in 1818, was first published posthumously in 1848. In it, a speaker shares desires for the future as well as fears.Pair “Pompeii” with “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be” and ask students to discuss how the two texts approach death using different genres, tones, and techniques. What is the difference between approaching death in a literary or informational manner? Were there surprising similarities between the two texts?
Women in Ancient Rome
- BirdBrain History
“Women in Ancient Rome” is an informational text that describes daily life in ancient Rome for both wealthy and poor women.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?
Indus Valley Mysteries
In “Indus Valley Mysteries,” this informational text explores the advanced and peaceful ancient civilizations found in the Indus River Valley.Pair “Pompeii” with “Indus Valley Mysteries” and ask students to discuss how archaeology teaches people today about ancient societies. What lessons can we learn not only about those societies, but about people and ourselves in reading these texts?
Reports from the Ruins of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
- Various Authors
Two newspaper articles discuss the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. One, written amidst the flames of the city on fire, is full of despair, while the other, written a few days later, is full of hope.Pair “Reports from the Ruins of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906” with “Pompeii” and ask students to contrast the two disasters. How do both texts address the emotional impact of the great loss of life in the disasters? What do the texts reveal about societies that live in dangerous places?
Plate Tectonics: Moving and Shaking
- National Geographic Society Staff
The informational text “Plate Tectonics: Moving and Shaking” explores what tectonic plates are and their different types of movement across the Earth.Pair “Pompeii” with “Plate Tectonics: Moving and Shaking” to provide students with an example of a volcano that was formed through the movement of tectonic plates. How do students think the tectonic plates moved to form Mount Vesuvius? How does “Pompeii” exemplify the power of moving tectonic plates?
Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice
- Beth Geiger
In the informational text “Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice,” Beth Geiger discusses 91 volcanoes that exist under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.Pair “Pompeii” with “Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice” to provide students with information about another volcano and the effects of its eruption. What were the effects of Vesuvius’ eruption? How does this compare to what will happen if the volcanoes under the Antarctic ice sheet erupt?