by Mary Kellogg Sullivan
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.
Out Where the West Begins
- Arthur Chapman
Arthur Chapman was an American journalist who wrote the imagery-laden poem “Out Where The West Begins” in 1917, in response to some Western governors who were having a dispute over which American states should be considered “the West.”Pair “Out Where the West Begins” with “A Woman Who Went to Alaska” and ask students to discuss how the miners would feel about how the West is portrayed after their experiences. Why do they think miners would feel this way? How do they think miners would describe the West?
The Goose with the Golden Egg
- 620-560 BCE
Aesop was a slave and story-teller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. This story, in which a man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs, is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables” which have influenced children’s literature and modern storytelling culture.Pair “The Goose with the Golden Egg” with “A Woman Who Went to Alaska” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the dangers of pursuing wealth. What were some disadvantages that miners encountered when they traveled to the Klondike region hoping to find gold? How does this compare to the actions and consequences of the man in “The Goose with the Golden Egg?”
Klondike Gold Rush
The informational text “Klondike Gold Rush” discusses the vast number of miners who traveled to Yukon in 1897, hoping to find gold.Pair “Klondike Gold Rush” with “A Woman Who Went to Alaska” to provide students with additional information about the Klondike Gold Rush. Note: these two texts use different spellings of the word “Klondike.” How do the depictions of the Klondike Gold Rush compare in the two texts? What additional information does the text “Klondike Gold Rush” provide students about the experiences of miners?