by Sandra Havriluk
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 Sign of the Cat” and ask students to discuss the importance of showing others kindness. How does Chet feel after he decides to erase the sign of the cat? How do you think Chet benefits when he decides to do the right think at the end of the story? How does this compare to how the Dove benefits from showing kindness to the ant?
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 Sign of the Cat” and ask students to discuss the characters of the Little Red Hen with Chet’s grandmother. What are the similarities and differences between these two characters? What would the grandmother have said about the Little Red Hen’s decision to keep the bread to herself?
Seeing Through Dorothea's Eyes
- Sudipta Bardhan
In the informational text “Seeing Through Dorothea’s Eyes,” Sudipta Bardhan discusses a famous photographer who took pictures during the Great Depression.Pair “The Sign of the Cat” with “Seeing Through Dorothea’s Eyes” to provide students with a story from the Great Depression. How do both texts explore how Americans were struggling during the Great Depression? How did Dorothea Lange and Chet help others during the Great Depression?