by Thornton W. Burgess
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.
- Bobbi Katz
In Bobbi Katz’s poem “April,” a speaker describes the springtime.Pair “April” with “Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World” and ask students to discuss what brings the characters happiness in the two texts. What does the speaker appreciate about springtime in the poem, “April”? How does this compare to the things that Johnny Chuck appreciates in the fable? How do both texts explore the importance of appreciating simple joys?
The Poor Man and the Flask of Oil
- Maude Barrows Dutton
In Maude Barrows Dutton’s retelling of the folktale “The Poor Man and the Flask of Oil,” a poor man receives a gift of oil from his neighbor.Pair “The Poor Man and the Flask of Oil” with “Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World” and ask students to compare the themes of the two stories. How does the poor man express wanting more than he already has? How do his desires compare to the animals’ search for the best thing in the world? What would have happened if the characters in the two stories had simply been happy with what they had?