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.
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?
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?
Omer's Big DiveLucinda 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?
Black BlizzardMaurine 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?
Tornado Coming!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?
Two Canoes and Miles of WaterBryan Eid
In "Two Canoes and Miles of Water," a boy learns a lesson while on a family trip.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Two Canoes and Miles of Water” and have students discuss Brody, from “Into the Rapids” and Seth’s experience with the forces of nature. Compare and contrast their reactions to the events throughout each story. What did both of them learn?
Ice IslandSherry Shahan
In "Ice Island," a young girl encounters danger while visiting her aunt in Alaska.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Ice Island” and have students compare how both main characters respond when they face danger. How does Wyatt respond when he falls into the water in “Into the Rapids”? How does Jodi respond when she falls into the ice in “Ice Island”? How are their responses similar and different? What can we learn from how they respond to danger?
Dragon, DragonJohn Gardner
In "Dragon, Dragon," a kingdom is plagued by a dragon that outsmarts everyone sent to slay it, until the youngest son of a cobbler takes his father's advice.Pair “Dragon, Dragon” with “Into the Rapids” and ask students to compare the ways in which the cobbler’s eldest two sons and Brody suffered consequences after failing to follow the advice of their elders. How do the decisions of the cobbler’s sons and Brody show a lack of humility? What lessons are learned?