by Maurine V. Eleder
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.
Into the Rapids
- Bradford H. Robie
In Bradford H. Robie’s “Into the Rapids,” a boy falls into the river during a rafting trip.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Black Blizzard” and ask students to discuss the dangerous situations Wyatt and Betty find themselves in. How do Wyatt and Betty react in the face of these dangerous obstacles? How do their actions help them survive the dangers they face?
Trail into Darkness
- Brad Robie
In Brad Robie’s short story “Trail into Darkness,” a boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.Pair “Trail into Darkness” with “Black Blizzard” and ask students to discuss how nature can be dangerous. How is getting lost in the snow dangerous for the speaker in “Trail into Darkness”? How does this compare to the dangers of getting caught in a dust storm in “Black Blizzard”? How do the characters in the two texts manage their fears?
The Dust Bowl
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “The Dust Bowl,” Jessica McBirney discusses the factors that contributed to the Dust Bowl and how people were affected by it.Pair “Black Blizzard” with “The Dust Bowl” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the effects of dust storms. How do Betty and Mary Ann’s experiences during the Dust Bowl compare to Irene Thompson’s? How do both texts help readers understand why dust storms were called “black blizzards”?