by Joseph Bruchac
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.
The Ant and the Dove
- 620-560 BCE
In this short fable, an ant and a dove protect each other from danger.Pair “The Ant and the Dove” with “Birdfoot’s Grampa” and ask students to discuss the benefits of helping others. How does the Dove benefit from helping the Ant in the beginning of the story? How do you think the old man benefits from helping the toads?
Earth Day Birthday
- Jody Jenson Shaffer
In Jody Jenson Shaffer’s short story “Earth Day Birthday,” a girl wants to celebrate her birthday in a way that isn’t focused on the Earth.Pair “Earth Day Birthday” with “Birdfoot’s Grampa” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore helping the environment and animals. Why are April and the speaker in “Birdfoot’s Grampa” reluctant to help out in the beginning? What changes April’s mind to celebrate Earth Day? Do you think that the old man In “Birdfoot’s Grampa” changes the speaker’s mind about helping the toads? Why or why not?
Do What You Can
- Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
In the fable “Do What You can,” retold by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, one raindrop wants to help a farmer with his dying crops.Pair “Do What You Can” with “Birdfoot’s Grampa” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore doing the right thing. Why does the first raindrop decide to help the farmer in “Do What You Can”? How does this compare to the old man’s decision to help the toads? How do the raindrop and the old man make a difference?
The Mysterious Egg
- Jennifer Mann
In Jennifer Mann’s poem “The Mysterious Egg,” farm animals wait for a mysterious egg to hatch.Pair “Birdfoot’s Grampa” with “The Mysterious Egg” to provide students with another poem about creatures of different species taking care of one another. How does the care for animal life shown in “Birdfoot’s Grampa” compare to the care we see in “The Mysterious Egg”? How is it different? What message does each poem send about what living things can do for one another?