by Charles Boardman Hawes
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.
- Katherine Mansfield
In this short story, a man known only as “the boss” tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son’s death.Pair “The Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc” and “The Fly” and have students compare the mood in each text. How do the authors achieve the mood they desire? Is one more successful than the other? Why or why not? Use evidence from each text to support your response.
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 Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc” with “The Lion and the Mouse” and ask students to compare the similar themes of the two texts. How does each story comment on the nature of friendships, both in how they are formed and what they offer? Are the reasons behind the friendship in each text similar or different? Why? Use evidence from each text to support your response.
The Night the Ghost Got In
- James Thurber
In James Thurber’s short story “The Night the Ghost Got In,” a speaker thinks there is a ghost in his home, causing chaos to ensue.Pair “The Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc” and “The Night the Ghost Got In” and have students compare the theme in each text. How does each author treat the theme? How does each author develop mood to contribute to theme? Is one stronger than the other? Why or why not? Use evidence from each text to support your response.