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 Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
- 620-560 B.C.
In “The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion,” a fox chooses to betray his friend, the donkey, to save himself from the lion.Pair “The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion” with “The Bear and the Two Travelers” and ask students to compare the two fables. What similarities do the two texts share? How do the themes of fear and survival develop in both fables?
The Frog and the Mouse
- 620-560 BCE
In the Aesop fable “The Frog and the Mouse,” a frog tricks a mouse and is punished for his dishonesty.Pair “The Frog and the Mouse” with “The Bear and the Two Travelers” and ask students to compare the two fables. What similarities do the two texts share? What is the moral of both texts?
- Deb Westgate-Silva
In Deb Westgate-Silva’s short story “Getting Even,” Rosa tries to get even with a friend who hurt her.Pair “The Bear and the Traveler” with “Getting Even” and ask students to discuss show both stories explore friendship. What makes a bad friend? How does the man betray his friend in “The Bear and the Two Travelers”? How does this compare to how Stephanie betrays Rosa? Do you think either character was justified in wanting revenge?