by Retold by Elisa Oh
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.
In Shel Silverstein's poem "Underface," a speaker describes the face they show to the world and the one that hides underneath.Pair “Underface” with “The Swallow and the Pumpkinseed” and have students discuss Nol Bu and Heung Bu’s personalities. Do students think that Nol Bu and Heung Bu have an underface that they hide from others? Why or why not? Ask students to discuss whether or not they have an underface. How would they describe their underface?
The Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari FolktaleCompiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
In the early 1900s, a Christian missionary named Reverend Sidney Endle authored a book about the Kachari, an ethnic group indigenous to the Assam region of India. His book includes written translations of several folktales, including "The Story of the Lazy Boy," in which a boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.Pair “The Story of the Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale” with “The Swallow and the Pumpkinseed” and have students compare and contrast the Lazy Boy with Nol Bu and Heung Bu. Do students think the Lazy Boy is more like Nol Bu or Heung Bu? How do the lessons learned in both stories compare?
Of Feathers, Fat, and FreezingDonna DeVoe DiFolco
In the informational text, "Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing," Donna DeVoe DiFolco discusses how chickadees are able to survive freezing temperatures.Pair “Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing” with “The Swallow and the Pumpkinseed” to provide students with additional information about birds. How do both texts explore the importance of birds?
Calady's QuestTeresa Bateman
In "Calady's Quest," a young girl goes on an adventure to help her family.Pair “The Swallow and the Pumpkinseed” with “Calady’s Quest” and have students compare relationships between the siblings. What is the relationship between Heung Bu and Nol Bu in “The Swallow and the Pumpkinseed”? How does Heung Bu teach Nol Bu an important lesson? What is the relationship between Calady and her brothers in “Calady’s Quest”? How does their relationship help teach them an important lesson? How are the relationships between the siblings similar and different?