by Avalon A. Manly
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 Medicine BagVirginia Driving Hawk Sneve
In Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve's short story "The Medicine Bag," Martin's grandpa visits him and passes down a medicine bag to him, an important object in their family.Pair “The Medicine Bag” with “Mousing Teeth” and have students compare the narrator of “The Medicine Bag” with Nova in “Mousing Teeth”. In what ways are their concerns with social status similar? How do they each overcome their problems?
Excerpt from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManJames Joyce
In this excerpt from James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a young boy feels left out at his new school.Pair “Excerpt from a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” with “Mousing Teeth” and have students compare how Stephen and Nova feel. Why do the characters feel this way? What do the characters do to try to fit in with their peers?