by David Hill
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.
- Bill Johnson
In Bill Johnson’s poem “Dragonfly,” a speaker watches a dragonfly fly.Pair “Dragonfly” with “Impossible to Train” to provide students with a human’s observations of another animal. How might the dragonfly be observing the speaker? What might the dragonfly be thinking? Would it be similar to how the speaker makes observations about the dragonfly or annoyed like the dogs in the story? Why?
Strong For Skeena
- Julia Tozier
In Julie Tozier’s “Strong for Skeena,” a boy must be strong for his sled dog after she is seriously injured.Pair “Strong for Skeena” with “Impossible to Train” and ask students to discuss the relationship between humans and dogs in the two texts. How do the two stories offer different perspectives on the relationship between humans and dogs? How do both stories explore the love between humans and dogs?
Do What You Can
- Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
In the fable “Do What You can,” retold by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, one raindrop wants to help a farmer with his dying crops.Pair “Do What You Can” with “Impossible to Train” and ask students to discuss the relationship between man and nature in each text. Are humans in control in either? Do the dogs and raindrops share similar feelings for the humans in each text? Why or why not?