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 Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are a set of Biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, playing a central role in Christianity and Judaism."Joseph's Dreams" is the basis for how the Israelites ended up in Egypt; pair it with the "Ten Commandments" to provide historical and traditional context or to continue the discussion of ethics.
- Sir Francis Bacon
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.Pair “Joseph’s Dreams from Genesis 37” with “On Revenge” and ask students to discuss the former in context of the latter. What type of revenge would the brothers’ betrayal fall under, according to Sir Francis Bacon? Would Bacon find the revenge to be justified? Why or why not?
An Excerpt From The Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4
“The Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4” explores the story of mankind’s first murder, in which Cain kills his brother after the Lord is more pleased with Abel’s offering than his.Pair “Joseph’s Dreams from Genesis 37” with “The Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis” and ask students to compare to similar themes of the two texts. What motivates the characters of the Bible to betray their family and the Lord? How do the two texts comment on the nature of mankind?
Lamb to the Slaughter
- Roald Dahl
In “Lamb to the Slaughter,” Roald Dahl tells the story of a woman betrayed by her husband and her violent retaliation.Pair “Joseph’s Dreams from Genesis” with “Lamb to the Slaughter” and ask students to discuss the different reasons why people betray the ones they love.