Paired Texts > Holly Trees
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.
In this poem, Robert Louis Stevenson showcases his whimsical writing of children's literature. The narrator—a young child—describes his or her immersion in imaginative play, taking the reader along for the journey.Pair “The Land of Story-Books” with “Holly Trees” and ask students to discuss how both speakers engage in imaginative play. What do the speakers imagine in the two poems? How do the two speakers build upon their surroundings with their imagination?
In the informational text "Play, Play Again," Ellen Braaf discusses why animals play and how it might benefit them.Pair “Play, Play Again” with “Holly Trees” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore play. How does imaginative play between children compare to physical play between animals? How do students think children benefit from using their imagination to play?