Paired Texts > The Sign of the Cat
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.
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?
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?
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?
In "Heavy Cream," three clever kids find a way to have a great adventure during the Great Depression.Pair “Sign of the Cat” with “Heavy Cream” and ask students to discuss the different ways that people helped each other during the Great Depression in both stories. What are examples of unselfish actions by characters in each story? How were the struggles that people experienced in both stories similar? How do both stories show that generosity and kindness go a long way in times of difficulty?
In "The Boy Who Drew Cats" a young boy's artwork ends up saving the day.Pair “The Sign of the Cat” with “The Boy Who Drew Cats” and have students think about how the drawings of the cat are important in both stories. How does the drawing of the cat on Chet’s house help people in “The Sign of the Cat”? How does Joji’s gigantic cat drawing help people in “The Boy Who Drew Cats”? How do both texts show that art can be an important and helpful tool for people?
In "Parents Used to Be Able to Mail Their Kids," Jesse Sullivan shares about a funny loophole in American history that allowed parents to mail their children as packages.Pair “The Sign of the Cat” with “Parents Used to Be Able to Mail Their Kids” and have students think about how people put their trust and faith in others. How do the people in “The Sign of the Cat” know they can trust Grandma? Are you surprised that the people in ““Parents Used to Be Able to Mail Their Kids” trust the post person enough to deliver their children? Do you think people would be as trusting in America today as Grandma and the parents who mailed their kids? Why or why not?
In "Anne Frank," Britannica Kids shares about Anne Frank's life in Nazi-controlled Germany during World War II.Pair “The Sign of the Cat” with “Anne Frank” and ask students to discuss the importance of helping those in need. Why did Chet’s grandmother in “The Sign of the Cat” and Anne Frank’s father in “Anne Frank” take people in during hard times? In both texts, Chet’s grandmother and Anne’s father helped others even though they had needs of their own. In your opinion, should you still help others even if you do not have enough or might be in danger? Why or why not?