by Jey Manokaran
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.
The Ant and the Dove
- 620-560 BCE
In this short fable, an ant and a dove protect each other from danger.Pair “The Ant and the Dove” with “Jasmine Girl” and ask students to compare the themes of the two stories. How do the characters in the stories show each other kindness? How are Shanti and the dove repaid for their kind actions?
- Ralph Fletcher
In Ralph Fletcher’s “Funeral,” a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.Pair “Funeral” with “Jasmine Girl” and ask students to discuss how each text explores friendship. How does the friendship between the boys in “Funeral” compare to the friendship between Shanti and Jodi? How do the friends show each other that they care in each story?
Jared to the Rescue
- Carole Duncan Buckman
In Carole Duncan Buckman’s short story “Jared to the Rescue,” Jared helps one of his classmates on the first day of second grade.Pair “Jared to the Rescue” with “Jasmine Girl” and ask students to discuss how the characters show others kindness in the two texts. Why do Shanti and Jared help someone else in need in the two texts? How does showing kindness to another person strengthen Shanti and Jared’s relationship with the other characters?