by Kim Ellis
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.
Pasha's First Yom KippurCarol Coven Grannick
In Carol Coven Grannick's short story "Pasha's First Yom Kippur," a boy struggles to apologize to someone before he starts celebrating Yom Kippur.Pair “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” with “GIfts of Ramadan” and have students explain how the main characters face and overcome their challenges. What lessons do the characters learn in the two stories?
The White Nights of RamadanMaha Addasi
In Maha Addasi's short story "The White Nights of Ramadan," a Muslim family celebrates Girgian, a festival that takes place in the middle of the month of Ramadan.Pair “The White Nights of Ramadan” with “Gifts of Ramadan” and ask students to discuss how families observe Ramadan. What do each of the families do to celebrate Ramadan?
Hungry, Happy RamadanUm Yaqoob
In "Hungry, Happy Ramadan," Um Yaqoob describes how her family celebrates Ramadan.Pair “Gifts of Ramadan” with “Hungry, Happy Ramadan” to have students learn more fasting. How does fasting make Asef feel in “Gifts of Ramadan”? How does fasting make the author of “Hungry, Happy Ramadan” feel? How are their feelings about fasting similar and different?