by Sarah J. Bell
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 Sheep and the Pig
- Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
In “The Sheep and the Pig,” retold by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, a sheep and a pig look for a place to build a home.Pair “The Sheep and the Pig” with “Home Sweet Home” and ask students to discuss what it takes to build a house. Why is it important for all the animals to work together to build a house? Do students think that the Native Americans had to work together to construct their houses as well? What do students think makes a house a home?
Sailing to San Blas
- Claudia Lee-Ottman
In “Sailing to San Blas” Claudia Lee-Ottman describes her experience learning about the Kuna Indians with her family.Pair “Sailing to San Blas” with “Home Sweet Home” and ask students to discuss how the different groups of people described in the two texts live. How does the author describe the Kuna Indians’ homes in “Sailing to San Blas”? How do their homes compare to the houses Native Americans built hundreds of years ago? Ask students to discuss how the lifestyles described in the two texts differ from their own.
Tsenacomoco: My World
- Julie Durway
In “Tsenacomoco: My World,” the historical figure known as Pocahontas recounts her life and the arrival of the English.Pair “Home Sweet Home” with “Tsenacomoco: My World” and ask students to discuss how both texts describe Native American homes. How did the types of homes vary based on the different tribes and places where they lived? Who was in charge of building these homes? Comparing the texts, what do different tribes have in common?