by Caryl S. Ulrich
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.
- Bobbi Katz
In Bobbi Katz’s poem “April,” a speaker describes the springtime.Pair “April” with “After the Rain” and ask students to compare the two poems about spring. How do the poets describe nature changing during this time? How do the characters in the two poems react to the rain?
The Icicle Symphony
- Julia Gousseva
In Julia Gousseva’s short story “The Icicle Symphony,” a girl in Moscow is reluctant to go out in the cold during winter.Pair “The Icicle Symphony” with “After the Rain” to provide students with a short story about winter. Ask students to discuss how the poem and short story describe the world being beautiful during different seasons. How is the weather during winter different from the weather during spring? What season do students prefer and why?
They Need Fire!
- Buffy Silverman
In the informational text “They Need Fire!” Buffy Silverman discusses how some plants and animals benefit from forest fires.Pair “After the Rain” with “They Need Fire!” to provide students with a poem about after it rains. Ask students to discuss why an environment would need rain and fire. How do both contribute to life and growth? How do you think the environment looks after a forest fire?