by William DeMille
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.
American Justice in the Supreme Court
- Jessica McBirney
This informational text is an introduction to the United States Supreme Court -- who is on it, how cases are brought to the Supreme Court, and why it matters.Pair “American Justice in the Supreme Court” with “Ruthless” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore justice. How does the Supreme Court’s process in determining whether or not something is fair compared to Judson’s process? What are the risks of taking justice into your own hands? How do the courts help prevent this from happening?
Lamb to the Slaughter
- Roald Dahl
In “Lamb to the Slaughter,” Roald Dahl tells the story of a woman betrayed by her husband and her violent retaliation.Pair “Lamb to the Slaughter” with “Ruthless” and ask students to discuss how the characters pursue revenge in the two stories. Why does Mrs. Maloney kill her husband? How does this compare to the reason Judson attempts to kill the thief? Do students think Mrs. Maloney’s husband or the thief was deserving of revenge? What do the two stories teach readers about revenge?