Paired Texts > A Sweet Invention
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.
In "Papadum Pizza," Devon bonds with Siroj, an Indian exchange student, while cooking together.Pair “Papadum Pizza” with “A Sweet Invention” and ask students to discuss how cooking creates a change in each text. How does cooking with Siroj help Devon in “Papadum Pizza”? How does Ruth Wakefield use cooking to create something new in “A Sweet Invention”? What are the different reasons people cook in the two texts? What happens as a result of their cooking?
In the informational text "Chocolate from Children," Deb Dunn discusses how child laborers pick cocoa beans for chocolate.Pair “Chocolate from Children” with “A Sweet Invention” and ask students to compare the message of the two texts. What is the main idea of “Chocolate from Children”? What is the main idea of “A Sweet Invention”? How do the two texts change the way readers think about chocolate chip cookies?
In "The Twisted History of the Pretzel," Marilyn Helmer describes how a popular snack we enjoy today has a surprising history.Pair “The Twisted History of the Pretzel” with “A Sweet Invention” and ask students to compare the two food stories. How was the pretzel invented according to “The Twisted History of the Pretzel”? How was the chocolate chip cookie invented according to “A Sweet Invention”? How have pretzels and cookies changed over time? How do the authors describe the history of these foods using different text structures?