by Jennifer Owings Dewey
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.
- Carl Sandburg
This short “American Haiku” examines fog over Chicago.Pair “Fog” with “The Smell of Rain” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore natural events. What words do the authors of the two texts use to describe fog and rain? Compare the tone of each text. How do you think the authors feel about these natural events?
At Your Fingertips
- Ruth Tenzer Feldman
In the informational text “At Your Fingertips,” Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service’s information about weather within the United States.Pair “At Your Fingertips” with “The Smell of Rain” and ask students to discuss the different tools the National Weather Service has available for predicting the weather. How does the way that the National Weather Service observes the weather compare to how individuals can observe the weather just by using their senses? When should you rely on the National Weather Service over your own observation skills?
Walking for My Life
- Jennifer Owings Dewey
In Jennifer Owings Dewey’s short story “Walking for My Life,” a narrator must walk through the desert after their car is damaged.Pair “The Smell of Rain” with “Walking for My Life” to provide students with another story by Jennifer Owings Dewey. Ask students to discuss how the two stories compare. What similar themes does Dewey explore in the two texts?