by Tracy Stewart
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.
- Shel Silverstein
This short but profound poem deals with the experience of hiding one’s identity.Pair “Masks” with “The Champion of Quiet” and ask students to consider whether or not Maggie was wearing a “mask” by not speaking up. Do students think that Maggie’s classmates were able to get to know her very well when she remained quiet? How does Maggie remove her mask in “The Champion of Quiet”?
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
- L. Frank Baum
In L. Frank Baum’s “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman,” Dorothy and the Scarecrow help the Tin Woodman.Pair “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” with “The Champion of Quiet” and ask students to discuss how Dorothy and Maggie are both brave. Why do students think Dorothy and Maggie decided to be brave for others? How do their brave actions lead to new friendships?