by Milan Sandhu
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.
Pasha’s First Yom Kippur
- Carol Coven Grannick
In Carol Coven Grannick’s short story “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur,” a boy struggles to apologize to someone before he starts celebrating Yom Kippur.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?
Heartbeat of Mother Earth
- CR Willing McManis
In the informational text “Heartbeat of Mother Earth,” CR Willing McManis describes what takes place during pow wows.Pair “Heartbeat of Mother Earth” with “Purple Water” and ask students to discuss how celebrations can bring people together. How do pow wows help bring Native American communities together? How does Holi encourage people to interact with others in their community? How do students think people feel when they participate in Holi or a pow wow?