by Benjamin Koch
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.
- Victor Englebert
In the informational text “Ataka: A Young Desert Girl,” Victor Englebert discusses a Tuareg girl’s experiences living in the Sahara Desert with her family.Pair “Ataka” with “On the Roof of the World” and ask students to compare the lifestyles of the Tuareg with the Tibetan nomads. How do the Taureg and the Tibetan nomads rely on their animals to survive? What obstacles do they face because of nature?
Sailing to San Blas
- Claudia Lee-Ottman
In “Sailing to San Blas” Claudia Lee-Ottman describes her experience learning about the Kuna Indians with her family.Pair “Sailing to San Blas” with “On the Roof of the World” to provide students with another text about learning about a different culture. What did Claudia Lee-Ottman and her family learn when they visited the Kuna Indians? How does this compare to what Benjamin Koch and his friends learned when they stayed with the Tibetan nomads? How do both texts explore how one can learn about another culture?