by H.G. Wells
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 Open Boat
- Stephen Crane
In Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," several men are stranded at sea in a small dinghy. Crane uses vivid imagery to weave a story about survival, brotherhood, death, and the futility of trying to defeat nature's powerful forces.Pair “The Open Boat” with “The Star” and ask students to discuss the force of nature depicted in each piece. What type of brotherhood forms among the survivors?
There Will Come Soft Rains
- Sara Teasdale
"There Will Come Soft Rains" (1920) is a 12-line poem by Sara Teasdale in her collection Flame and Shadow. The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished. The poem also alludes to the idea of human extinction by war (lines 10 and 12), which was not a commonplace idea until the invention of nuclear weapons, 25 years later.Pair “There Will Come Soft Rains” with “The Star” and ask students to discuss the themes of each text. What is the role of nature in each? What tone does the narrator adopt, and what does this say about the text’s attitude toward humanity?