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.
Heartbeat of Mother EarthCR 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?
Pasha's First Yom KippurCarol 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?
Great SplashesJoan Bone
In "Great Splashes," a young girl and her family celebrate the Thai New Year's festival of Songkran.Pair “Purple Water” with “Great Splashes” to have students compare the two festivals. How do people celebrate Holi in India? How do people in Thailand celebrate Songkran? How are the ways that the festivals are celebrated similar and different?
Sumintra Celebrates DivaliMeena Jagat
In "Sumintra Celebrates Divali," Meena Jagat describes how a young girl celebrates the Hindu festival of Divali.Pair “Purple Water” with “Sumintra Celebrates Divali” and have students compare the two Indian festivals. How do people celebrate Holi in “Purple Water”? How do people celebrate Divali in “Sumintra Celebrates Divali”? How are the festivals similar and different? How do both festivals bring people together?
Dragons Race on WaterNatasha Yim
In "Dragons Race on Water," Natasha Yim describes dragon boat races of the past and present.Pair “Purple Water” with “Dragons Race on Water” to have students compare how the two festivals are celebrated. How do people celebrate Holi in “Purple Water”? How do people celebrate during the Dragon Boat Festival? How are the celebrations similar and different?
Lilu's Bright DiwaliAnita Nahta Amin
In "Lilu's Bright Diwali," a young girl helps her family celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights.Pair “Purple Water” with “Lilu’s Bright Diwali” to have students learn about another Hindu festival. How is the festival of Holi celebrated in “Purple Water”? How is the festival of Diwali celebrated in “Lilu’s Bright Diwali”? How are the reasons for celebrating both of these festivals similar and different?