by Anne-Marie Reidy
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.
- Naomi C. Rose
In Naomi C. Rose’s short story “Yeshi’s Luck,” a boy learns that you can’t always tell what is bad luck or good luck.Pair “Yeshi’s Luck” with “The Buddha and the Four Truths” to provide students with a short story about a popular teaching in Buddhism. Ask students to discuss the lesson of “Yeshi’s Luck.” How is this lesson related to Buddhism? How do students think the phrase “Om Mani Padmé Hung” is related to Buddhism?
The Poor Man and the Flask of Oil
- Maude Barrows Dutton
In Maude Barrows Dutton’s retelling of the folktale “The Poor Man and the Flask of Oil,” a poor man receives a gift of oil from his neighbor.Pair “The Poor Man and the Flask of Oil” with “The Buddha and the Four Truths” and ask students to discuss the source of people’s suffering. What causes the Poor Man in the story to lose his oil? How could the Four Truths have helped the Poor Man avoid his suffering?