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 Boy Who Cried Wolf
- 620-560 B.C.
The classic fable of a sheep herder boy who lies and pays the price.Pair “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” with “Feathers” and ask students to discuss how both stories explore the power of words. Why is it important to think before you speak? How are the characters negatively impacted by the lies they tell and the rumors they spread? Who do students think were the intended audiences for these two stories?
- Anton Chekhov
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician, playwright, and author famous for his masterful short stories. In this story, a schoolmaster is involved in a misunderstanding and tries to prevent a rumor from spreading.Pair “A Slander” with “Feathers” and ask students to discuss how both stories explore the effects of rumors. How are the characters impacted by the rumors that are spread about them? Why is it difficult to control a rumor and the damage it causes?
Witchcraft in Salem
The informational text “Witchcraft in Salem” recounts how mass hysteria gripped the town of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692-1693, a period now known as the Salem Witch Trials.Pair “Witchcraft in Salem” with “Feathers” and ask students to consider how rumors impacted this historical event. How did gossip lead to serious consequences for the people of Salem?
The Talking Skull
- Donna L. Washington
In “The Talking Skull,” Donna L. Washington retells a fable from Cameroon about a man who finds a talking skull that advises him to think before he speaks.Pair “Feathers” with “The Talking Skull” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the power of words. How do both texts explore the importance of considering the impact of your words before you speak? What lessons do these texts teach us about how we should speak and interact with others?