by Harry Perry Robinson
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 1972 Andes Flight Disaster
- CommonLit Staff
In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the remote Andes mountains, forcing the young men to resort to dire measures to survive. Instead of resigning to starvation (and perhaps, listening to their superego), they chose to engage in cannibalism.Pair “The 1972 Andes Fight Disaster” with “On a Mountain Trail” and ask students to discuss human ingenuity and animalistic instincts when it comes to survival (especially in harsh climates).
The Law of Life
- Jack London
An old man is left behind by his tribe to die of exposure. As he prepares for death, he reflects on a life spent fighting nature's brutal forces.Pair “The Law of Life” with “On a Mountain Trail” and ask students to discuss the portrayal of wolves in both texts. What might these creatures represent? Are there other examples of this outside of these two texts?