by Susan Cooper
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.
- Charles Perrault
In Perrault’s take on this classic fairy tale, kindness prevails in the face of cruelty.Pair “Cinderella” with “Muffin” to provide students with another story in which a young girl is bullied by those around her. How does Cinderella respond to the torments of her stepsisters? How does this compare to Daisy’s response to her bully? At the end, who helps Cinderella and Daisy overcome the problems caused by their bullies?
- Junot Díaz
In Junot Díaz’s “The Terror,” Díaz explores his experiences with fear after getting beat-up as an adolescent.Pair “The Terror” with “Muffin” and ask students to discuss the theme of bullying in the two texts. Why do students think that Junot Díaz and Daisy were singled out by their bullies? How does Díaz respond to his bullies and what eventually gets them to leave him alone? How does this compare to Daisy’s actions and success evading her bullies?
Introduction to World War II
The informational text “Introduction to World War II” discusses the causes of World War II, as well as its progression and conclusion.Pair “Introduction to World War II” with “Muffin” to provide students with additional information about World War II. Ask students to discuss how children were likely impacted by living through the events of the war. Were the war preparations in Daisy’s community necessary? How do you think children’s experiences during the war compared to adults’?