by Bradford H. Robie
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.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
- Ogden Nash
In this excerpt from Ogden Nash’s poem “Adventures of Isabel,” Isabel meets a hungry bear.Pair “Excerpt from ‘Adventures of Isabel’” with “Into the Rapids” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore different forms of bravery. How is Isabel brave when she comes across the bear in “Adventures of Isabel”? How does this compare to Wyatt’s bravery when he falls into the river? How does the bravery of the characters help them overcome obstacles?
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “Tsunami,” a speaker describes the wave of a tsunami.Pair “Tsunami” with “Into the Rapids” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the power of nature. How do the dangers of a tsunami compare to the dangers of rapids? How do both texts emphasize the respect that we should feel towards nature?
Omer's Big Dive
- Lucinda H. Kennaley
In Lucinda H. Kennaley’s short story “Omer’s Big Dive,” a boy must become a pearl diver after his father dies.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Omer’s Big Dive” and ask students how Wyatt experiences some of Omer’s fears. Is there evidence that Omer is in the same danger as Wyatt? How do Omer and Wyatt have to overcome their fears by themselves? If Wyatt and Omer could have a conversation about their experiences, what would they talk about?
Soaring “on the Wings of Wind”
- Lois Miner Huey
In the informational text “Soaring on the Wings of Wind,” Lois Miner Huey discusses the first young boy to ride in a hot air balloonthat was developed in America.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Soaring on the Wings of Wind” and ask students to discuss how Edward Warren Jr. and Wyatt participate in potentially dangerous activities. How do both Edward and Wyatt show bravery?
- Maurine V. Eleder
In Maurine V. Eleder’s short story “Black Blizzard,” a girl braves a dust storm to help bring her horse to safety.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Black Blizzard” and ask students to discuss the dangerous situations Wyatt and Betty find themselves in. How do Wyatt and Betty react in the face of these dangerous obstacles? How do their actions help them survive the dangers they face?
- Dick Donley
In Dick Donley’s short story “Tornado Coming!” a boy decides to help an elderly neighbor when there’s a tornado warning.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Tornado Coming!” to provide students with another example of a person put in a dangerous situation. How does Wyatt respond to falling into the rapids? How does this compare to Matt’s actions following the tornado warning? What do both stories teach readers about how to behave in a life-threatening situation?