by The Book of Samuel
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 Lion and the Mouse
- 620-560 BCE
In this classic fable by Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.Pair “The Lion and the Mouse” with “The Story of David and Goliath” and ask students to the themes of the two texts. What can they teach us about what it means to be strong?
The Faith Cure Man
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this early 20th-century story, a poor mother refuses to give up on her ailing daughter, and turns to a spiritual healer when a doctor tells her there is nothing left to do.Pair “The Story of David and Goliath” with “The Faith Cure Man” and challenge students to have an advanced (and potentially controversial – be sure to emphasize respect!) discussion about the power of faith.
Theseus and the Minotaur
In this myth from Ancient Greece, a brave Athenian prince sets out to Crete to take a stand against the monster who has been terrorizing his people for years.Pair the myth with this story from the Bible. Have students discuss the similarities between the two heroes, Theseus and David. How were their challenges similar? What traits led them both to succeed?
- Rudyard Kipling
A young mongoose faces dangerous foes in order to protect the people he cares about.Pair “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” with “The Story of David and Goliath” and ask students to compare the themes of the two texts. What do Rikki-tikki and David have in common? How are they able to overcome their enemies? Do they face a similar conflict? Why or why not?