by Kerry McGee
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 Kids’ Table
- Anita Celli
In Anita Celli’s short story “The Kids’ Table,” a boy doesn’t want to eat at the kids’ table on Thanksgiving.Pair “The Kids’ Table” with “Emergency on the Mountain” and ask students to discuss what it means to be grown up. Why do James and Ana feel as if they are being treated like kids in the beginning of the two stories? How do the adults eventually show James and Ana that they see them as grown-ups? Why do students think being seen as grown-ups is important to James and Ana?
Working at the Hospital
- Barbara Radner
In the informational text “Working at the Hospital,” Barbara Radner describes the different jobs at the hospital.Pair “Working at the Hospital” with “Emergency on the Mountain” and ask students to discuss the different important jobs at the hospital. How is Ana’s community affected by not having easy access to a hospital? If Ana worked at a hospital, what job do students think she would have?