by Mabel Powers
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.
Walnuts and Watermelons
- Mehded Maryam Sinclair
In Mehded Maryam Sinclair’s short story “Walnuts and Watermelons” a man doesn’t understand why the world was created a certain way.Pair “Walnuts and Watermelons” with “How the Stories Came to Be” and ask students to discuss how both stories help explain the world around us. How does “Walnuts and Watermelons” explain why walnuts and watermelons are the sizes that they are? What other things can stories help explain? What happens when people stop passing on stories?
Too Many Vegetables
- Karen DelleCava
In Karen DelleCava’s short story “Too Many Vegetables” Patrick and his dad give the extra zucchinis from their garden to their neighbors.Pair “Too Many Vegetables” with “How the Stories Came to Be” and ask students to discuss what brings people together in the two texts. How do food and stories strengthen communities in the two texts? What happens if communities stop sharing things with one another?
The Three Sisters
- Barbara Hagen
In the informational text “The Three Sisters,” Barbara Hagen discusses the three main vegetables that many American Indians ate hundreds of years ago.Pair “How the Stories Came to Be” with “The Three Sisters” to provide students with additional information about the Iroquois. Ask students to discuss where many Native people thought the three sisters came from. How do students think stories and beliefs helped American Indians make sense of their world 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 “How the Stories Came to Be” with “Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller” to provide students with additional information about storytelling. How do both texts explore the important roles that storytellers play in a community? How do students think that storytelling strengthens communities and creates connections between people?
Fun and Games
- Kelsie Ingham
In the informational text “Fun and Games,” Kelsie Ingham describes the games that Native Americans played in the past and their benefits.Pair “How the Stories Came to Be” with “Fun and Games” and ask students to discuss how Native Americans learned important things in the past. What did the Iroquois learn from the stories they were told as children? How does this compare to what Native American children learned from playing games? How do students think storytelling and games brought these communities together?
- Ghanian Folktale
In the Ghanaian folktale “Lazy Anansi,” a spider refuses to help his friends and experiences consequences.Pair “How the Stories Came to Be” with “Lazy Anansi” and ask students to discuss the purpose of stories. In “How the Stories Came to Be,” the author says that stories explain why things are the way that they are. How does “Lazy Anansi” explain why spiders look the way they do? How does it also provide a valuable lesson about hard work?