by Barbara Radner
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.
- Joaquin Miller
A rousing poem celebrating Columbus’s perseverance even when success was far from certain.Pair “Columbus and the Egg” with “Columbus” and ask students to think about how the feelings expressed in the poem develop those in the story, and vice versa. What attributes of Columbus does the poet emphasize? How do the differing forms of the two texts contribute to their respective tones?
- Barbara Radner
“Honest Abe” describes the famous, storied honesty of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.Pair “Columbus and the Egg” and “Honest Abe” and ask students to discuss how short anecdotes about historical figures alter our views of these people. What lessons do these short pieces teach readers?
Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide
The informational text “Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide” explains how Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztec empire.Pair “Columbus and the Egg” with “Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide” to provide students with a story about what it means to be an explorer. Ask students to discuss whether or not they think Hernán Cortés had a similar mindset to Christopher Columbus. How do both texts explore the pros and cons of exploring and expanding around the world?