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 Story of David and Goliath
- The Book of Samuel
In this passage, the translation taken from the New King James Version Bible, the young and small shepherd David takes up the giant enemy warrior Goliath’s challenge for battle in a true underdog fashion.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?
The Water of Life
- Howard Pyle
In Howard Pyle’s “The Water of Life”, a king abuses his power by asking a faithful servant to complete difficult tasks for him, hoping to win the love of a princess.Pair “The Water of Life” with “Theseus and the Minotaur” and ask students to compare how the characters of both stories are corrupted by power. What do these stories teach us about power and those who abuse it? What leads to success in each story? Is this similar or different? Why? Students should use evidence from both texts to support their answers.
Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
- Meredith Engel
In Meredith Engel’s “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur,” Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur about his mentoring of young heroes.Pair “Theseus and the Minotaur” with “Chiron: The Wisest Centaur” and ask students to discuss the various heroes and creatures present in Greek mythology. How does Chiron the Centaur compare to the Minotaur? How does Theseus act heroically in the myth? How does the interview explore the heroic and just actions of Chiron?
Welcome to the Underworld
- Michael A. Signal
In Michael A. Signal’s “Welcome to the Underworld,” Hermes, the messenger of the gods, takes readers on a tour of the Underworld.Pair “Theseus and the Minotaur” with “Welcome to the Underworld” to provide students with another story from Greek mythology. How does the myth about Theseus and the Minotaur compare to the myths about the Underworld and Hades? Ask students to discuss how they think Hades would have judged Theseus if he died.