by Mark Twain
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.
Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Mark Twain
This excerpt is from Twain's most famous novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In it, Tom Sawyer starts the “Tom Sayer Gang” and makes Huck and the rest of his friends swear an oath.Pair these two texts by the same author and ask students to compare them. Are there any similar techniques or themes used by Twain?
Excerpts from Roughing It
- Mark Twain
In Roughing It, Mark Twain recounts his time looking for work out West in a semi-autobiographical, comic travelogue. In this excerpt, Twain often mingles the tragic and the comic in an effort to reveal how harsh and humorous life can simultaneously be, especially in the “Wild West.”Pair “Excerpts from Roughing It” and “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and ask students to compare how Twain employs different techniques for humorous effects in both stories.