by Anthony Lentini
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.
Thousands of Years from Now
- Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish writer whose essay “Thousands of Years from Now” imagines what the future might be like as a result of technology.Pair “Autumntime” with “Thousands of Years from Now” and ask students to compare Lentini and Andersen’s visions and attitudes regarding the future. What new technologies exist in Andersen’s world, and how are these similar or different to the technologies in “Autumntime”?
Why are bees vanishing?
- Alison Pearce Stevens
Over the past ten years, researchers have been trying to figure out why so many honeybee colonies are collapsing (colony collapse disease, or CCD). In this article, scientists find a combination of threats that may explain declining honeybee populations.Pair “Autumntime” with “Why are Bees Vanishing?” and ask students to discuss the costs and benefits of human and technological progress as they are presented in Lentini’s short story and the article. In regards to our environmental impact, how similar is the present-day to the setting presented in “Autumntime”?
- Li-Young Lee
In Li-Young Lee’s poem “From Blossoms,” the speaker describes eating peaches in the summertime.Pair “Autumntime” with “From Blossoms” and ask students to discuss how both texts illustrate the power of nature. How is the acorn in “Autumntime” similar and different when compared to the peach in “From Blossoms”? Students should consider what the parts of the plant the acorn and peach are and what they might symbolize in the story.
- John P. Curtin
In John P. Curtin’s “Technology Haiku,” the speaker reflects on the evolution of technology and wonders where it will go next.Pair “Technology Haiku” with “Autumntime” and ask students to compare how the two texts present the costs and benefits of technological change. How might the speaker in “Technology Haiku” respond to the version of the world presented in “Autumntime”?
Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.Pair “Someone Might Be Watching” with “Autumntime” and ask students to discuss how this short story exemplifies the qualities of dystopian fiction. Which common themes of dystopian literature are addressed in this short story? In the words of Ostergaard, how does this text “mirror” the concerns and problems of the modern world?
- Ray Bradbury
In Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt,” Mr. and Mrs. Hadley become concerned when they realize how dependent their children are on the technology in their futuristic home.Pair “Autumntime” with “The Veldt” and ask students to compare the two science fiction texts. How do they portray the world in the future? How are the characters in the two texts affected by their use of technology? How do students think technology impacts the characters’ understanding of the world?