by Richard Connell
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.
Lobo, the King of Currumpaw
- Ernest Seton Thompson
This excerpt is taken from his book Wild Animals I Have Known, based on naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton’s true experiences hunting wolves in the American Southwest, including the infamous wolf Lobo.Pair “Lobo, The King of Currumpaw” with “The Most Dangerous Game” and ask students to compare these two stories about hunting. How is Lobo, the clever king-wolf who kills for fun, similar to Zaroff? How do they differ? How does the relationship between humans and animals differ between the two texts?
A Sound of Thunder
- Ray Bradbury
In Ray Bradbury’s short story “A Sound of Thunder,” a man goes back in time to hunt a Tyrannosaurus rex and inadvertently changes the future.Pair “The Most Dangerous Game” with “A Sound of Thunder” and ask student to discuss how both texts explore hunting for sport. What is the relationship between the hunter and the hunted in the two texts? How do these distinct categories become meddled in both stories? How do students think the authors of the two texts are commenting on the relationship between humans and the animals they are hunting?