by Kris Bitar
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 Spooky Science of FearTracy Vonder Brink
In "The Spooky Science of Fear," the author explains the effects of fear on our brains and bodies.Pair “The Spooky Science of Fear” with “The Corn Maze” and ask students to discuss how both texts teach readers about fear. According to “The Spooky Science of Fear,” why do people get scared? What does fear do to people’s bodies? How does the narrator try to use fear to get what they want in “The Corn Maze”? What does the narrator learn by getting scared? How does each text teach readers about fear in different ways?
Kissy FaceNancy Jean Northcutt
In Nancy Jean Northcutt's short story "Kissy Face," a boy tries to avoid receiving kisses from his aunts and grandmas.Pair “Kissy Face” with “The Corn Maze” and ask students to talk about the role of younger siblings in each text. How does James feel about his new sibling in “Kissy Face”? How does the narrator feel about their sibling in “The Corn Maze”? What lessons do the two stories teach about being an older sibling?
Life Doesn't Frighten MeMaya Angelou
In "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" a speaker talks about how they bravely face their fears.Pair “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” with “The Corn Maze” and ask students to discuss the theme in each text. How does the speaker talk about fear in “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”? How does the narrator talk about fear in “The Corn Maze”? Do you think the narrator in “The Corn Maze” and the speaker in “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” feel the same way about fear? Why or why not?
Lost in a Corn MazeLaurie Wallmark
In "Lost in a Corn Maze," Laurie Wallmark describes how corn mazes became a popular form of fall entertainment today.Pair “The Corn Maze” with “Lost in a Corn Maze” to help students better picture Prickly Pete’s Pumpkin Patch, the setting of “The Corn Maze.” What tips does the author share to help you navigate through a corn maze in “Lost in a Corn Maze”? According to “The Corn Maze,” what is the narrator’s experience inside the Haunted Corn Maze? What advice do you have for the narrator of “The Corn Maze” based on what you learned in “Lost in a Corn Maze”?