by Mary E. Glucksman
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 Rescue of the Tin Woodman
- L. Frank Baum
In L. Frank Baum’s “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman,” Dorothy and the Scarecrow help the Tin Woodman.Pair “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” with “Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire” and ask student to discuss how Dorothy and Mary McCann both put others before themselves. What compels the two girls to help others in need? How are they rewarded for their heroics?
The Lighthouse Lamp
- Margaret E. Sangster
In Margaret E. Sangster’s poem “The Lighthouse Lamp,” a brave girl saves sailors during a storm when she keeps the lamp burning in her family’s lighthouse.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire” and ask students to discuss how Gretchen and Mary McCann both act heroically in the two texts. Ask students to compare how the two girls saved other people. What motivated them to act heroically? Would each have acted in the same way if they switched roles?