by Kathiann M. Kowalski
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.
How the Stories Came to Be
- Mabel Powers
In the folktale “How the Stories Came to Be,” retold by Mabel Powers, a narrator describes the beginning of stories for the Iroquois people.Pair “How the Stories Came to Be” with “Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller” to provide students with additional information about storytelling. How do both texts explore the important roles that storytellers play in a community? How do students think that storytelling strengthens communities and creates connections between people?
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “Cobra Kite,” the author describes watching kites fight in the sky as a young girl.Pair “Cobra Kite” with “Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller” and ask students to discuss the story that Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell tells from her life. Ask students to discuss how this written story might translate to an oral story. How does “Cobra Kite” explore an experience that most people could understand? Why do students think this is an important part of storytelling?