by Marilyn Helmer
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 Draw-Anything DrawingMaggie Murphy
In "The Draw-Anything Drawing," a little girl with a big imagination daydreams about what to draw for a special art display.Pair “The Draw-Anything Drawing” with “Grandpa’s Magic Hat” and have students discuss how the events in each story influence what the characters do. Have students compare Luke to the narrator in “The Draw-Anything Drawing.” How are they similar and how are they different?
Snow PonyKrista Curran
In "Snow Pony," a boy becomes frustrated while playing with his family in the snow.Pair “Grandpa’s Magic Hat” with “Snow Pony” and ask students to discuss how older siblings relate to younger siblings. How do Matt from “Grandpa's Magic Hat” and Asher from “Snow Pony” treat their younger siblings? How do both characters feel about being older brothers?
Odin's Firefly GoodbyeKate Boyer
In "Odin's Firefly Goodbye," a young boy has a final special moment before moving to his new house.Pair “Grandpa’s Magic Hat” with “Odin’s Firefly Goodbye” and ask students to discuss the relationships between the pairs of siblings. Describe Matt’s relationship with his younger brother Luke in “Grandpa’s Magic Hat.” Describe Nora’s relationship with her younger brother Odin in “Odin’s Firefly Goodbye.” How is the relationship between the older and younger siblings in both texts similar?