by Lizzy Lowe
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.
- Mary Oliver
In Mary Oliver’s poem “This World,” a speaker describes the natural world that surrounds them.Pair “This World” with “Eight reasons not to be spooked by spiders this Halloween” and ask students to discuss how both texts describe spiders. What do Mary Oliver and Lizzy Lowe find impressive about spiders? How would Oliver and Lowe feel about other creatures that have a bad reputation?
A Cobra in the Garden
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “A Cobra in the Garden,” Gunnell discusses her time living in Borneo and the cobra that lived in her garden there.Pair “A Cobra in the Garden” with “Eight reasons not to be spooked by spiders this Halloween” and ask students to discuss humans’ relationships with other creatures. Many people are afraid of snakes and spiders. Why do students think this is? How do both texts emphasize the importance of respecting these creatures? How would Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell respond to encountering a spider?
This Tiny Animal Is Apocalypse-Proof
- Maria Temming
In the informational text “This tiny animal is apocalypse-proof,” Maria Temming discusses how difficult it is to kill water bears.Pair “This Tiny Animal Is Apocalypse-Proof” with “Eight reasons not to be spooked by spiders this Halloween” to provide students with information about another eight-legged creature. Ask students to discuss why the authors of the two texts find water bears and spiders interesting. Why would a water bear likely survive the apocalypse over a spider?