by Meredith Engel
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.
Theseus and the Minotaur
In this myth from Ancient Greece, a brave Athenian prince sets out to Crete to take a stand against the monster who has been terrorizing his people for years.Pair “Theseus and the Minotaur” with “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur” and ask students to discuss the various heroes and creatures present in Greek mythology. How does Chiron the Centaur compare to the Minotaur? How does Theseus act heroically in the myth? How does the interview explore the heroic and just actions of Chiron?
- Julio Noboa
In Julio Noboa’s poem “Identity,” a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.Pair “Identity” with “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur” and ask students to discuss how Chiron could be considered a weed over a flower. In what ways is Chiron rejected by many of the people in his life? Why is this? In the poem, the weed describes being happier than the flower. Do students think Chiron found more happiness being true to himself?
Standing out in the Herd
- Cecil Dzwowa
In the informational text “Standing Out in the Herd,” Cecil Dzwowa explains how a giraffe came to be a part of a herd of cows.Pair “Standing Out of the Herd” with “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur” and ask students to discuss how Toro and Chiron found new families. How do Toro and Chiron differ from their new families? Despite these differences, how were they treated by their new families? Do students think that Toro and Chiron miss being around their own kind? Why or why not?