by Kelsie Ingham
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.
Play, Play Again
- Ellen Braaf
In the informational text “Play, Play Again,” Ellen Braaf discusses why animals play and how it might benefit them.Pair “Play, Play Again” with “Fun and Games” and ask students to discuss how humans and animals play to learn. What do animals learn from their play? How does this compare to what humans learn from playing sports and games? How is play related to a person or animal’s intelligence?
Act Your Age
- Colleen Archer
In Colleen Archer’s story “Act Your Age,” a young girl is repeatedly reminded to act her age.Pair “Act Your Age” with “Fun and Games” and ask students to discuss show children should be encouraged to play. What do students think Frances was learning from her play in the short story? Do students think that there is a time when people get too old for play? Why or why not?
How the Stories Came to Be
- Mabel Powers
In the folktale “How the Stories Came to Be,” retold by Mabel Powers, a narrator describes the beginning of stories for the Iroquois people.Pair “How the Stories Came to Be” with “Fun and Games” and ask students to discuss how Native Americans learned important things in the past. What did the Iroquois learn from the stories they were told as children? How does this compare to what Native American children learned from playing games? How do students think storytelling and games brought these communities together?