by Kate Sharp and Sarvinder Naberhaus
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 Lighthouse Lamp
- Margaret E. Sangster
In Margaret E. Sangster’s poem “The Lighthouse Lamp,” a brave girl saves sailors during a storm when she keeps the lamp burning in her family’s lighthouse.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “Stop the Atlantic Express!” and ask students to discuss how Gretchen and Kate Shelley both attempt to protect people from violent storms. What threats do the storms present to people in the two texts? How are Gretchen and Kate’s actions both brave? What sacrifices do both girls make for others?
Queen Esther and Me
- Amalia Hoffman
In Amalia Hoffman’s essay “Queen Esther and Me,” Hoffman explores the origin and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.Pair “Queen Esther and Me” with “Stop the Atlantic Express!” and ask students to discuss the different types of heroes in the two texts. Do students consider Amalia Hoffman’s kind actions during Purim heroic? Why or why not? How does Hoffman’s kindness compare to Kate Shelley’s heroics?