by Rachel Slivnick
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.
- Caroline Pignat
In Caroline Pignat’s “Poppy’s Jalopy,” a speaker describes the adventures in their grandfather’s car with their Poppy.Pair “Poppy’s Jalopy” with “How Pixar Tells a Story” and ask students to discuss the idea of storytelling in each text. How do both Pixar movies and the speaker in the poem use imagination? What emotions does the speaker show readers of the poem? Can students relate? Could Pixar create a movie that everyone could enjoy from the poem? Why or why not?
Zebra and Wasp
- Clare Mishica
In Clare Mishica’s fable “Zebra and Wasp,” a zebra helps a wasp escape from a spider web.Pair “Zebra and Wasp” with “How Pixar Tells a Story” and ask students to discuss why the fable would interest readers. How does “Zebra and Wasp” explore an experience or emotion that other people would relate to? What are some Pixar films that use animals to explore human emotions and experiences?
Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller
- Kathiann M. Kowalski
In the informational text “Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller,” Kathiann M. Kowalski discusses a young girl who is a professional storyteller.Pair “Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller” with “How Pixar Tells a Story” and ask students to discuss what makes a good story. What kind of stories does Hannah tell and why do people find them important? How does this compare to the stories that Pixar tells? Ask students to discuss the benefits of storytelling through spoken work and animation.