by Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew
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.
Earth Day Birthday
- Jody Jenson Shaffer
In Jody Jenson Shaffer’s short story “Earth Day Birthday,” a girl wants to celebrate her birthday in a way that isn’t focused on the Earth.Pair “Earth Day Birthday” with “Our Creek” to provide students with a short story about Earth Day. Ask students to discuss how both texts show how important it is to protect the environment. How does April help the Earth by picking up trash? What could April do on her birthday next year to help protect a stream near her?
From Pit to Pond
- Wendy Hobday Haugh
In the memoir “From Pit to Pond,” Wendy Hobday Haugh describes turning a pit in her backyard into a pond.Pair “From Pit to Pond” with “Our Creek” to provide students with a story about how a pit became a pond. Ask students to discuss when animals started moving into the pond. Do students think readers can determine if Wendy Hobday Haugh’s pond is healthy based the information she has provided? Why or why not?
The Great Woolly Bear Hunt
- Craig W. Steele
In Craig W. Steele’s poem “The Great Woolly Bear Hunt,” a speaker searches for a creature known as a woolly bear.Pair “The Great Wooly Bear Hunt” with “Our Creek” to provide students with a poem about a speaker’s hunt for a special creature. Where does the speaker find the woolly bear? If the speaker went hunting for creatures in Standing Stone Creek, what do students think they would find? Why?