by David White
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.
Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero
- David White
This is the story of how the young and courageous Joan of Arc led the French to victory against the English in the 1400s.Pair “Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero” with “The Life of Julius Caesar” and ask students to discuss these larger-than-life figures. How did they rise to fame and power? What were their downfalls? What impact did they have on history?
Japan's Quest for Empire
- Jessica McBirney
This article provides a brief history of Japan’s age of imperialism throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.Pair “The Life of Julius Caesar” with “Japan’s Quest for Empire” and ask students to compare the way the Roman Empire is described with Japan’s. Ask students to discuss how history treats these empires differently, or if they share common themes. Why might this be?
The House Falls Apart
- BirdBrain History
“The House Fall Apart” is an informational text compares the fall of the Roman Empire to the destruction of a house with neglectful owners.Pair “The House Falls Apart” with ‘The Life of Julius Caesar” and ask students to discuss how Caesar’s foundation for the Roman Empire created a society that would ultimately cause its own end.
- Joshua J. Mark
This text details the life and leadership of the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra.Pair “Cleopatra VII” with “The Life of Julius Caesar” and ask students to compare and contrast the two contemporary rulers. Why do students think that the two felt an affinity towards one another? Could their similarities have been a part of their respective downfalls?
The Roman Republic
“The Roman Republic,” is an informational text that recounts the history of the Roman Republic: how it was formed, how it worked, and how it eventually transitioned into the Roman Empire.Pair “The Life of Julius Caesar” with “The Roman Republic” and ask students to discuss the Roman Republic’s most famous dictator: Julius Caesar. How did Caesar come to hold so much power? How did this position of power eventually contribute to the end of the Republic?
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II
- William Shakespeare
In “Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II,” Cassius discusses Julius Caesar’s shortcomings with Brutus, hoping to convince him that Caesar is a poor leader.Pair “The Life of Julius Caesar” with “Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II” to provide students with additional information about the historical figure who inspired the play. Ask students to discuss how much of the excerpt from William Shakespeare’s play is historically accurate. After reading more about the leader that Caesar was, why do students think Cassius and Brutus thought he was an unfit ruler? Was he qualified to lead? Why or why not?