Paired Texts > Emergency on the Mountain
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.
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?
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?
In the story "Two Dollars," set in the time of the Great Depression, a girl and her Dad help others in need.Pair “Energy on the Mountain” with “Two Dollars” and ask students to discuss how both Ana from “Emergency on the Mountain” and Helen help people in their community. What do both characters do to help others in their communities survive?
In "A Spectacular Ride," a young girl must find a way to protect her village during the Revolutionary War.Pair “Emergency on the Mountain” with “A Spectacular Ride” and ask students to compare the main characters' acts of bravery. How do both characters act quickly to help others? What does this show about what it means to be brave?
In "Nasbah's Rescue," a young girl acts quickly to rescue her grandfather's sheep.Pair “Emergency on the Mountain” with “Nasbah’s Rescue” and have students discuss how Ana from “Emergency on the Mountain” and Nasbah acted in tough situations without adults present. Who did Ana and Nasbah learn from? How did observing and reading help Nasbah and Ana? How did Ana’s and Nasbah’s friends and family feel about their actions?
In "Worms in Danger," one short worm comes up big to save his family and friends.Pair “Emergency on the Mountain” with “Worms in Danger!” and ask students to discuss the similarities between Ana’s and Shorty’s feelings of wanting to help, but being told that they are too young or too small. In what ways do both characters feel the same? How do they each prove themselves at the end of the story? How is their bravery and good work rewarded at the end of each story? If you were in Ana’s situation, do you think you would be able to stay so calm and focused?
In "Monkey Talk," scientist Dr. Cristiane Cäsar uses fake predators to try to decode titi monkey cries in Brazil.Pair “Emergency on the Mountain” with “Monkey Talk” and have students think about how both people and animals work quickly to protect those in their community. How does Ana work quickly when Rafi is hurt in “Emergency on the Mountain”? How do the titi monkeys in “Monkey Talk” work quickly to alert one another of danger? How do the communities in both texts help each other survive?
In "A Fishy Christmas," a young boy's family and local community help rescue a fisherman who is lost at sea.Pair “Emergency on the Mountain” with “A Fishy Christmas” and have students discuss how the characters in both texts use their problem-solving skills to help out a friend in need. How does Ana from “Emergency on the Mountain” act quickly to help Rafi when he gets hurt? How do Walter’s family and friends come together to rescue Hamisi’s dad in “A Fishy Christmas”? What lesson do both stories teach about helping others?