by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
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 Ants and the Grasshopper
- 620-560 BCE
In this fable of Aesop, a grasshopper asks some hard-working ants for help as winter approaches.Pair “The Ants and the Grasshopper” with “The Little Girl Who Would Not Work” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of work. Why doesn’t the little girl want to work? How does this compare to the grasshopper’s reasoning for not storing food? How do the morals of the two fables compare?
The Little Red Hen
- Florence White Williams
In the classic folktale “The Little Red Hen,” Mrs. Hen works hard despite those around her and is rewarded for her effort in the end.Pair “The Little Red Hen” with “The Little Girl Who Would Not Work” and ask students to discuss how both stories show how hard work pays off. What do the animals in “The Little Girl Who Would Not Work” get for all of their hard work? How does this compare to what the Little Red Hen gets after all of her hard work? How do you think this could encourage the little girl to continue working?
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “I Practiced,” a speaker describes their experiences practicing to get better at a skill.Pair “I Practiced” with “The Little Girl Who Would Not Work” and ask students to explain the messages both texts send about hard work. How does practice relate to hard work? Is it necessary to practice and work hard to be successful? Do you think the little girl in the story would agree with the speaker of the poem? Why or why not?