by Ernest Seton Thompson
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 House Dog and The Wolf
- Gail Terp
"The House Dog and the Wolf" follows a traditional fable structure. It is a great introduction to the themes of freedom and comfort and the inherent tension between them.Pair "Lobo The King of Currumpaw" with "The House Dog and the Wolf" and challenge students to consider how each text treats the themes of nature and wildness. How is the wolf from the fable like Lobo? How are the two characters different?
To Build A Fire
- Jack London
In "To Build a Fire," one of Jack London's classic short stories, a man tries to defeat the cold - and fails.Pair "Lobo The King of Currumpaw" with "To Build a Fire" and ask students to compare how the theme of man vs. nature emerges in each work.
The Most Dangerous Game
- Richard Connell
In “The Most Dangerous Game,” a big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.Pair “Lobo, The King of Currumpaw” with “The Most Dangerous Game” and ask students to compare these two stories about hunting. How is Lobo, the clever king-wolf who kills for fun, similar to Zaroff? How do they differ? How does the relationship between humans and animals differ between the two texts?