by Jennifer Mann
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.
Standing out in the Herd
- Cecil Dzwowa
In the informational text “Standing Out in the Herd,” Cecil Dzwowa explains how a giraffe came to be a part of a herd of cows.Pair “Standing Out in the Herd” with “The Mysterious Egg” and ask students to discuss the unlikely animal families in the two texts. How do the cows treat Toro when he joins the herd? How does this compare to the farm animals’ treatment of the turtle in the poem?
- Joseph Bruchac
In Joseph Bruchac’s poem “Birdfoot’s Grampa,” a speaker describes driving down a road that is crowded with toads.Pair “Birdfoot’s Grampa” with “The Mysterious Egg” to provide students with another poem about creatures of different species taking care of one another. How does the care for animal life shown in “Birdfoot’s Grampa” compare to the care we see in “The Mysterious Egg”? How is it different? What message does each poem send about what living things can do for one another?