by H. Berkeley Score
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 Lion and the Mouse
- 620-560 BCE
In this classic fable by Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.Pair “The Lion and the Mouse” with “The Elephant and the Crocodile” and ask students to compare the themes of the two fables. How do the animals in the two stories help each other? Why does the Lion originally think so little of the Mouse? How does the Mouse prove himself to the Lion? How do the Elephant and Crocodile prove themselves to each other?
The Sparrow's Quest
- Elizabeth Laird
In “The Sparrow’s Quest,” Elizabeth Laird retells the story of a sparrow that searches for the most powerful thing on earth.Pair “The Sparrow’s Quest” with “The Elephant and the Crocodile” and ask students to discuss the attempts of the characters in each fable to find out who, or what, is the most powerful. How do the characters go about answering this question? What do they find out about themselves by the end of the two fables?