by Carol Coven Grannick
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 “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” and ask students to discuss how Harry and Pasha are treated poorly for being different. How does this treatment make them feel?
- Deb Westgate-Silva
In Deb Westgate-Silva’s short story “Getting Even,” Rosa tries to get even with a friend who hurt her.Pair “Getting Even” with “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” and ask students to discuss how Pasha and Rosa respond in the moment to people being mean to them. How do their initial actions make them feel? How do the two characters eventually resolve the problems they have with others?
The Lights of Saint Lucia
- Sara Matson
In Sara Matson’s short story “The Lights of Saint Lucia,” two sisters have important morning traditions for Saint Lucia Day.Pair “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” with “The Lights of Saint Lucia” and ask students to discuss the two holidays. What traditions are important to Yom Kippur and Saint Lucia Day? How do the characters feel about the traditions for their holidays in the two stories?
The White Nights of Ramadan
- Maha Addasi
In Maha Addasi’s short story “The White Nights of Ramadan,” a Muslim family celebrates Girgian, a festival that takes place in the middle of the month of Ramadan.Pair “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” with “The White Nights of Ramadan” and ask students to discuss the practices of each holiday. How do the practices of Yom Kippur compare to Girgian? How are the characters encouraged to be kind towards others in each story?
- Milan Sandhu
In the article “Purple Water,” Milan Sandhu describes the Indian festival Holi and his experiences celebrating it.Pair “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” with “Purple Water” and ask students to compare the speakers’ first experiences with a celebration. What does Pasha struggle with in the short story when he’s preparing for Yom Kippur? How does this compare to Milan Sandhu’s experiences learning about Holi?