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 Goose with the Golden Egg
- 620-560 BCE
Aesop was a slave and story-teller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. This story, in which a man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs, is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables” which have influenced children’s literature and modern storytelling culture.Pair “The Goose with the Golden Egg” with “The Treasure in the Forest” and ask students to discuss how greed can bring out the worst in a person, including causing them to do violence to others.
- Guy de Maupassant
In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Devil”, Honore Bontemps bargains with a nurse to take care of his dying mother.Pair “The Devil” with “The Treasure in the Forest” and ask students to compare the role of greed in each text. Does the outcome of each text satisfy the reader? Why or why not? Which ending is fairer for the characters? Ask students if they could change the ending of one story, which would they choose and why?
Klondike Gold Rush
The informational text “Klondike Gold Rush” discusses the vast number of miners who traveled to Yukon in 1897, hoping to find gold.Pair “The Treasure in the Forest” with “Klondike Gold Rush” and ask students to discuss what people are willing to do for wealth. How does the men’s greed in “The Treasure in the Forest” blind them to potential dangers? How does this compare to the miners’ pursuit of gold in “Klondike Gold Rush”?