by Rukiye Henderson
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.
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “Tsunami,” a speaker describes the wave of a tsunami.Pair “Tsunami” with “Mountains” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore nature. In the poem “Mountains,” the speaker describes the rest of nature as cowering from the mountains. What might cower from a tsunami and why? How do the poems both emphasize how amazing nature is?
- Bobbi Katz
In Bobbi Katz’s poem “April,” a speaker describes the springtime.Pair “April” with “Mountains” and ask students to discuss the different elements of nature the poems explore. How are the speakers in the each poem surrounded by nature? What do they find beautiful about nature?
The Icicle Symphony
- Julia Gousseva
In Julia Gousseva’s short story “The Icicle Symphony,” a girl in Moscow is reluctant to go out in the cold during winter.Pair “Icicle Symphony” with “Mountains” and ask students to discuss how each text explores hills and mountains. Why doesn’t the narrator want to go to Sparrow Hills in the beginning of the story? What does she eventually find beautiful in the hills? How does this compare to the beauty the speaker discusses in “Mountains”?