by Sara Matson
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.
All Saints’ Day at Night
- Linda Rae Apolzon
In Linda Rae Apolzon’s short story “All Saints’ Day at Night,” a boy is afraid to go to the cemetery at night for All Saints Day.Pair “All Saints’ Day at Night” with “The Lights of Saint Lucia” and ask students to compare the two holidays. How is All Saints’ Day celebrated? How does this compare to the celebration of Saint Lucia Day? How is family important to these two holidays?
The Kids’ Table
- Anita Celli
In Anita Celli’s short story “The Kids’ Table,” a boy doesn’t want to eat at the kids’ table on Thanksgiving.Pair “The Kids’ Table” with “The Light of Saint Lucia” and ask students to discuss how James and Eva are treated like adults. How does James feel when he’s allowed to sit at the adults’ table? How does this compare to how Eva feels when Britta allows her to wear the crown?
Pasha’s First Yom Kippur
- Carol Coven Grannick
In Carol Coven Grannick’s short story “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur,” a boy struggles to apologize to someone before he starts celebrating Yom Kippur.Pair “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” with “The Lights of Saint Lucia” and ask students to discuss the two holidays. What traditions are important to Yom Kippur and Saint Lucia Day? How do the characters feel about the traditions for their holidays in the two stories?