by Bethany Brookshire
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 Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- J.K. Rowling
After a year spent at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry, Harry Potter returns to his non-magical family for the summer, where he must endure his family treating him badly because they fear his powers.Pair “’The Worst Birthday’ from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with “Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire” to provide students with an example of a fantasy story. Ask students to discuss why people are interested in fantasy overlapping with the real world. Is there any mention of a fantasy creature in “’The Worst Birthday’ from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” or a real animal in a fantasy setting? Which do students prefer, the possibility of dragons breathing fire in the real world or real creatures existing in a fantasy world? Why?
The Phoenix Bird
- Hans Christian Andersen
In the short story, “The Phoenix Bird,” Hans Christian Andersen discusses the origins and influence of the mythical Phoenix.Pair “The Phoenix Bird” with “Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire” to provide students with another text about a fantastical creature. How do the powers of a phoenix compare to a dragon? What roles do fire-breathing dragons and phoenixes play in fantasy worlds? How could science explore the possibilities of a phoenix and its powers existing in the real world?
Zombies are real!
- Kathryn Hulick
In the informational text “Zombies are real!” Kathryn Hulick describes how some parasites are capable of controlling the minds of their hosts, creating real-life zombies.Pair “Zombies are real!” with “Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire” and ask students to discuss how science explains zombies and fire-breathing dragons. How do zombies exist in nature? Could some of the animals discussed in “Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire” serve as a real-world dragon like the “zombies” discussed in “Zombies are real!”? Why or why not?