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 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 Sheep and the Pig” and ask students to discuss how both texts emphasize the importance of helping out. Why do the sheep and the pig always ask “What can you do to help?” before allowing another animal to live with them? How does this compare to the Red Hen’s refusal to let anyone have the bread she makes?
Home Sweet Home
- Sarah J. Bell
In the informational text “Home Sweet Home,” Sarah J. Bell describes the different types of houses Native Americans built hundreds of year ago.Pair “The Sheep and the Pig” with “Home Sweet Home” and ask students to discuss what it takes to build a house. Why is it important for all the animals to work together to build a house? Do students think that the Native Americans had to work together to construct their houses as well? What do students think makes a house a home?