by Mark Twain
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.
Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Mark Twain
This excerpt is from Twain's most famous novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In it, Tom Sawyer starts the “Tom Sayer Gang” and makes Huck and the rest of his friends swear an oath.Pair “Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” with “The Story of the Bad Little Boy” and ask students to compare these texts by the same author. How does Twain portray children?
In this short tale by the witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre storyteller Saki, a man tells some children a dark, but realistic story in which being good does not pay off.Pair “The Storyteller” with “The Story of the Bad Little Boy” and ask students to discuss the themes of each, and each author’s purpose.
- Mark Twain
In this sketch, a prominent military man’s rise to success is retold from the perspective of a former teacher.Pair “The Bad Little Boy” with “Luck” and ask students to compare these two sketches by the same author. How does Twain pose the question of fairness in each text? How does he incorporate irony and humor into both?
High Court Reviews Insanity-Defense Case
- Nina Totenberg
This NPR news transcript discusses whether the Supreme Court will accept the “insanity defense” when a schizophrenic man shoots an officer.Pair these two stories about crime and justice. Discuss intent to commit a crime and knowledge of right and wrong in each case, and the role or fairness of the law. Students may also compare and contrast the authors’ purposes in writing each text.