by Jessica McBirney
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 Danger of a Single Story
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of not allowing one story to construct your understanding of the world.Pair “The Danger of a Single Story” with “The Hero’s Journey” and ask students to discuss the important role that stories play in our lives. How does Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie suggest certain stories shape our understanding of the world? How do students think the structure of the Hero’s Journey shapes our understanding of the world and heroes?
Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.Pair “Someone Might Be Watching – An Introduction to Dystopian Literature” with “The Hero’s Journey” and ask students to discuss what draws readers to both dystopian and hero stories. What makes “The Hunger Games” so successful? How do the dystopian elements of “The Hunger Games” enhance the Hero’s Journey structure? Is there room for other dystopian stories to incorporate this structure? Why or why not?
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
- 8th Century BCE
In this excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey, Ulysses must protect himself and his crew from the dangerous song of the Sirens.Pair “Excerpt from the Odyssey: The Siren” with “The Hero’s Journey” to provide students with an excerpt from one well-known hero’s story. Ask students to discuss what portion of the Hero’s Journey is present in the excerpt from “The Odyssey.” How do students think storytellers have used heroes’ stories from the past to construct today’s stories?