by Maude Barrows Dutton
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 Ant and the Dove
- 620-560 BCE
In this short fable, an ant and a dove protect each other from danger.Pair “The Ant and the Dove” with “The Rich Man and the Bundle of Wood” and ask students to discuss the importance of being kind to others. How are the Dove and Ant kind to one another? Why might the Rich Man need others to show him kindness by the end of “The Rich Man and the Bundle of Wood”?
The Goose with the Golden Egg
- 620-560 BCE
Aesop was a slave and story-teller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. This story, in which a man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs, is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables” which have influenced children’s literature and modern storytelling culture.Pair “The Goose with the Golden Egg” with “The Rich Man and the Bundle of Wood” and ask students to discuss how the characters are selfish in each story. How does the man attempt to get more gold in “The Goose with the Golden Egg”? How does this compare to how the Rich Man attempts to save his money? How are both characters disadvantaged by their actions?
The Sign of the Cat
- Sandra Havriluk
In Sandra Havriluk’s short story “The Sign of the Cat,” a boy’s grandmother opens their home to people who were left jobless by the Great Depression.Pair “The Sign of the Cat” with “The Rich Man and the Bundle of Wood” and ask students to discuss the common themes shared between the texts. Did the Rich Man and the narrator in “The Sign of the Cat” learn the same lesson? Why or why not? Do you think they both changed in the end? Why or why not?