by Mike Kubic
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.
Andrew Jackson's Speech to Congress on 'Indian Removal'
- President Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United States. In this speech he discusses the “Indian Removal Act,” which relocated native tribes to what is now Oklahoma—but not without great loss of life by those forcibly removed, on what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.”Pair “The Rape of Nanking and a Forgotten Genocide” with former U.S. President Andrew Jackson’s speech on the subject of “Indian removal” and ask students to compare the themes of prejudice in each text. How does Jackson’s language differ from that of the Japanese officials and military personnel? Is his message still equally hateful and racist? Do you think national pride often runs the risk of turning into ethnocentrism and a hatred for those who are different from oneself?
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Mike Kubic
“The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” examines the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, moving from ancient history into the 21st century.Pair “The Rape of Nanking and a Forgotten Genocide” with “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” and have students discuss the differences and similarities between the two distinct conflicts as they are presented in their respective articles. Was the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which remains ongoing, borne of the same tensions as the Sino-Japanese skirmish? What role does prejudice play in driving violence in each area? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as the author notes, is an ancient one; the Sino-Japanese conflict dates back to Matthew Perry’s voyage to Japan. How do you think the conflicts have evolved over time? What sustain them?