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.
Out Where the West Begins
- Arthur Chapman
Arthur Chapman was an American journalist who wrote the imagery-laden poem “Out Where The West Begins” in 1917, in response to some Western governors who were having a dispute over which American states should be considered “the West.”Pair “Excerpts from Roughing It” with “Out Where the West Begins” and ask students to compare how the two texts glorify or admire the West, as well as whether Twain undermines some of the glory of the poem with his satiric points.
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 “Excerpts from Roughing It” and “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and ask students to compare how Twain employs different techniques for humorous effects in both stories.
Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow
- Mark Twain
In Mark Twain’s “Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow,” a speaker and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.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”?