by Mark Twain
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.
To Build A Fire
- Jack London
In "To Build a Fire," one of Jack London's classic short stories, a man tries to defeat the cold - and fails.Pair “To Build a Fire” with “Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow” and ask students to compare how the authors of the two texts describe a wintery landscape. What similar obstacles do the characters of these two texts encounter? How do speakers’ tones differ between these two texts? Why?
The Open Boat
- Stephen Crane
In Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," several men are stranded at sea in a small dinghy. Crane uses vivid imagery to weave a story about survival, brotherhood, death, and the futility of trying to defeat nature's powerful forces.Pair “The Open Boat” with “Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore survival. How do the different settings create different obstacles for the men? Ask students to compare the group dynamics in both stories. Do they think group cooperation is an important factor in their survival? Why or why not?
Excerpts from Roughing It
- Mark Twain
In Roughing It, Mark Twain recounts his time looking for work out West in a semi-autobiographical, comic travelogue. In this excerpt, Twain often mingles the tragic and the comic in an effort to reveal how harsh and humorous life can simultaneously be, especially in the “Wild West.”Pair “Excerpts from Roughing It” with “Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow” and ask students to compare these two passages from Mark Twain’s novel. How does the information provided in the “Prefatory” affect students understanding of “Lost in the Snow”? How do the challenges that speaker encounters in “Excerpts from Roughing It” compare to the obstacles in “Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow”?
Excerpt from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus
- Mary Shelley
In this excerpt from Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, an explorer writes letters to his sister, describing his voyage.Pair “Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow” with “Excerpt from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus” and ask students to discuss the journeys of the men in the two texts. How do their environments present similar obstacles? How do the attitudes of the men in “Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow” compare to the explorer in “Excerpt from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus”?