by William Makepeace Thackeray
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.
A Cobra in the Garden
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “A Cobra in the Garden,” Gunnell discusses her time living in Borneo and the cobra that lived in her garden there.Pair “A Cobra in the Garden” with “At the Zoo” to provide students with another text about the relationship between humans and animals. How does Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell feel about the cobra she finds in her garden? How does this compare to how the speaker in “At the Zoo” feels about the animals they see at the zoo? How does seeing animals at the zoo compare to seeing them in the wild?
- Lewis Carroll
In Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Crocodile,” a speaker describes a crocodile in the Nile River.Pair “The Crocodile” with “At the Zoo” to provide students with another poem about animals. Ask students to discuss how the crocodile is different from the animals described in the poem “At the Zoo.” How do the speakers in the two poems feel about the animals that they are describing?