by Wendy Hobday Haugh
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.
A Cobra in the Garden
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “A Cobra in the Garden,” Gunnell discusses her time living in Borneo and the cobra that lived in her garden there.Pair “A Cobra in the Garden” with “From Pit to Pond” and ask students to discuss the similar themes in the two memoirs. What are the authors’ relationships with nature? How do Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s opinions of the animals in her yard compare to Wendy Hobday Haugh’s?
Diving for Treasure
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “Diving for Treasure,” a diver explores the ocean.Pair “Diving for Treasure” with “From Pit to Pond” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore different environments. What treasures does the diver find in the ocean? What do students think the narrator of “From Pit to Pond” would consider to be a treasure in her pond?
A Century of Blossoms
- Patricia A. Miller
In the informational text “A Century of Blossoms,” Patricia A. Miller discusses how Eliza Scidmore successfully campaigned for cherry blossom trees to be planted along the Potomac River Basin.Pair “From Pit to Pond” with “A Century of Blossoms” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the theme of beauty. How does Wendy Hobday Haugh change the pit in her backyard into a pond? How does this compare to what Eliza Scidmore must go through to plant cherry blossoms along the Potomac River Basin? What led to each woman’s success?
- Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew
In the informational text, “Our Creek,” Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew discuss the health of Standing Stone Creek.Pair “From Pit to Pond” with “Our Creek” to provide students with a story about how a pit became a pond. Ask students to discuss when animals started moving into the pond. Do students think readers can determine if Wendy Hobday Haugh’s pond is healthy based the information she has provided? Why or why not?
Life in a Vernal Pool
- Lori Wollerman Nelson
In the informational text “Life in a Vernal Pool,” Lori Wollerman Nelson describes the organisms that live in a vernal pool.Pair “From Pit to Pond” with “Life in a Vernal Pool” and ask students to compare the pond and vernal pool described in the two texts. How is a pond different from a vernal pool? What similar animals live in ponds and vernal pools? Would a permanent pond be a good place for salamanders and frogs to lay their eggs? Why or why not?