by Kathiann M. Kowalski
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.
Art on an Egg
- Mariam C. Orme
In the informational text “Art on an Egg,” Marian C. Orme discusses a family’s practice of painting eggs for Easter in Ukraine.Pair “Art on an Egg” with “Origami — An Ancient Art” and ask students to discuss the arts of folding paper and paintings eggs. Why do some people paint eggs in Ukraine? How does this compare to why some people in Japan fold paper? How have both painting eggs and folding paper changed over time?
Obento: Art in a Lunch Box
- Teresa V. Mitchum
In the Informational text “Obento: Art in a Lunch Box,” Teresa V. Mitchum discusses how parents prepare special boxed lunches for their children in Japan.Pair “Obento: Art in a Lunch Box” with “Origami — An Ancient Art” to provide students with information about food and art in Japan. Ask students to discuss how bento boxes can be a combination of both food and art. Do students ever prepare their food in an artistic way? If so, describe.