Paired Texts > MVP
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.
In JonArno Lawson's poem "I Practiced," a speaker describes their experiences practicing to get better at a skill.Pair “I Practiced” with “MVP” and ask students to discuss what goes into being successful. According to these two texts, how do both practice and teamwork contribute to success? Do students think one is more important than another when it comes to team sports? Why or why not?
In the informational text "Working at the Hospital," Barbara Radner describes the different jobs at the hospital.Pair “Working at the Hospital” with “MVP” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore how people must work together to accomplish a goal. How do all the different jobs at the hospital come together to accomplish a common goal? How does this compare to the different players working together to win the game in “MVP”?
In Pam Calvert's short story "Stop the Hungry Giant Fish: Based on a Legend from the Island of Guam" a village must come together to save their island from being eaten by a fish.Pair “Stop the Hungry Giant Fish” with “MVP” and ask students to discuss the importance of working together. How are the people in “Stop the Hungry Giant Fish” able to save their island from being eaten? How does this compare to the actions of the narrator in “MVP” that resulted in their win?
In "The View from Left Field," a girl discovers that every position on a team is important.Pair “MVP” with “The View from Left Field” and ask students to discuss the importance of teamwork. What lessons do Derek from “MVP” and Kylie from “The View from Left Field” learn? How do you think each character would describe being a part of a team? How do both characters support their teammates throughout the stories?
In "Nothing Drops," a girl encourages her team to make a comeback.Pair “MVP” with “Nothing Drops” and ask students to discuss the importance of teamwork. How does Derek help his team in “MVP”? How does Sara help her team in “Nothing Drops”? In your opinion, who would be the most valuable player: Derek or Sara? Why?