by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
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.
- Shel Silverstein
In Shel Silverstein’s poem “Underface,” a speaker describes the face they show to the world and the one that hides underneath.Pair “Underface” with “Gren’s Ghost” and ask students to discuss how identity is explored in the two texts. Do students think that Finn has an “outside face” in the story? What does he show to the world and what does he keep hidden? How does Gren help Finn present a different “face” to the world? Do students think this new face is more authentic?
Jared to the Rescue
- Carole Duncan Buckman
In Carole Duncan Buckman’s short story “Jared to the Rescue,” Jared helps one of his classmates on the first day of second grade.Pair “Jared to the Rescue” with “Gren’s Ghost” to provide students with another story about unlikely friends. How does Jared and Jessica’s relationship change throughout “Jared to the Rescue”? How does this compare to the shifting relationship between Finn and Gren? How do Jared and Finn prove themselves to the other characters in the two stories?
Soccer Speaks Many Languages
- Dianna Geers
In the informational text “Soccer Speaks May Languages,” Dianna Greers discusses how a young refugee, Innocent Ndayizeye, is able to connect with others through soccer.Pair “Soccer Speaks Many Languages” with “Gren’s Ghost” and ask students to discuss how friendships form. How does soccer help bring people together from different backgrounds in “Soccer Speaks Many Languages”? How does this compare to Finn and Gren’s ability to find common ground? How do both texts explore the benefits of friends or companions?