by Gary Soto
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 Roller CoasterShelby Ostergaard
In "The Roller Coaster," a young boy learns an important lesson about fear while on a school trip.Pair “The Roller Coaster” with “The Chicken That Crossed the Road” and ask students to compare the experiences of the main characters. What does Miguel in “The Chicken that Crossed The Road” have in common with Hudson from “The Roller Coaster”? What themes do the stories share, and how do the main characters demonstrate those themes? What makes the characters almost give up, and what makes them decide to keep going?
Trail into DarknessBrad Robie
In Brad Robie's short story "Trail into Darkness," a boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.Pair “Trail Into Darkness” with “The Chicken That Crossed the Road” and ask students to compare the main characters’ acts of courage. Although both characters are brave, how does their bravery differ? How is it the same? If Luke from “Trail Into Darkness” met Miguel from “The Chicken that Crossed the Road” what advice might they give each other?