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.
- James Joyce
"Araby" (1914) is a classic coming-of-age story written by James Joyce. It touches on themes of disillusionment and the consequences of idealism.Pair “Excerpt from the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” with “Araby” to show students how growing up can change the way we relate to other people.
The Story of the Bad Little Boy
- Mark Twain
Written by American author Mark Twain (1835-1910), this ironic tale centers around a badly-behaved boy who doesn't quite get what he deserves.Pair “Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” with “The Story of the Bad Little Boy” and ask students to compare these texts by the same author. How does Twain portray children?
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
- Mark Twain
Told in the vernacular and framed as a story within a story, this text was Twain’s first big success and brought him national fame. In the tale, a narrator attempts to do a friend a favor - and gets swindled into hearing a rambling and ridiculous story.Pair these two texts by the same author and ask students to compare them. Are there any similar techniques or themes used by Twain?