by Laura Wrang
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 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 Sign” and ask students to discuss the different signs in the two short stories. What do the signs tell people? How do the signs inspire hope in the characters of the two texts? How do Jess and Chet help others?
- Jey Manokaran
Betwixt & Between
- Leslie Anderson Morales
In the informational text “Betwixt and Between” Leslie Anderson Morales discusses African Americans’ experiences during the 1700s.Pair “The Sign” with “Betwixt and Between” to provide students with a short story about a boy escaping slavery. Ask students to discuss the different ways that slaves could become free in United States. How does the short story suggest that escaping slavery, and helping slaves escape, was dangerous?
Am I Not A Woman And A Sister?
- Elizabeth Crawford (adaptation of original text)
Despite not having a political voice, women made significant efforts during the anti-slavery campaign.Pair “The Sign” with “Am I Not A Woman And A Sister: Women and the Anti-Slavery Campaign” to provide students with a narrative text about helping slaves escape. What role did Ma play in helping slaves escape? Compare Ma’s actions with the information you read in “Am I Not A Woman And A Sister: Women and the Anti-Slavery Campaign.” How does Ma compare to the women referred to in this text? Did Ma and Jess do the right thing? Explain your thinking.