by Teresa Bateman
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 Goose with the Golden Egg
- 620-560 BCE
Aesop was a slave and story-teller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. This story, in which a man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs, is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables” which have influenced children’s literature and modern storytelling culture.Pair “The Goose and the Golden Egg” with “Maureen’s Harp” and ask students to discuss how both stories explore the consequences of greed. How does the fate of the countryman in “The Goose and the Golden Egg” compare to Meg and Peg’s fate in “Maureen’s Harp”? What do you think both authors are suggesting about money?
Mother and Daughter
- Gary Soto
In Gary Soto’s short story “Mother and Daughter,” a young girl is embarrassed when her mother can’t buy her a new dress for the school dance.Pair “Mother and Daughter” with “Maureen’s Harp” and ask students to discuss how family relationships are affected by money. How does not having enough money for a new dress affect Yollie’s relationship with her mother? How does this compare to the tense relationship between Maureen and her sisters? Do you think money can solve most families’ problems? Why or why not?
The Fox, the Hen, and the Drum
- Maude Barrows Dutton
In Maude Barrows Dutton’s retelling of the fable “The Fox, The Hen, and the Drum,” a greedy fox hunts for his dinner.Pair “Maureen’s Harp” with “The Fox, The Hen, and the Drum” and ask students to compare the Fox’s actions to the sisters’ actions. How do the Fox and the sisters act greedily? How are they punished for their greed? Ask students to compare the two fables’ warnings about greed.