by Robert Louis Stevenson
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 Land of Story-BooksRobert Louis Stevenson
In this poem, Robert Louis Stevenson showcases his whimsical writing of children's literature. The narrator—a young child—describes his or her immersion in imaginative play, taking the reader along for the journey.Pair “The Land of Story-Books” with “Travel” and ask the students to compare these pieces by the same author. Do they share similar themes or structures? What part does the imagination and youth/age place in each text?
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a BalloonJules Verne
In this excerpt from Jules Verne's novel Five Weeks in a Balloon, three passengers discuss the benefits of traveling by balloon.Pair “Travel” with “Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon” and ask students to discuss the desires of the characters from both texts to explore the world. Where does the speaker in “Travel” want go and why? What intrigues the characters in Five Weeks in a Balloon on their journey? If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Poppy's JalopyCaroline Pignat
In Caroline Pignat's "Poppy's Jalopy," a speaker describes the adventures in their grandfather's car with their Poppy.Pair “Travel” with “Poppy’s Jalopy” and ask students to compare the adventures that the two speakers wish to go on. How could the speaker of “Travel” explore the world with their imagination? What do students think the speaker of “Poppy’s Jalopy” would say to the speaker of “Travel” about traveling the world?
Excerpt from The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored ManJames Weldon Johnson
In this excerpt from The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, the narrator describes his trip to Paris and his impressions of the city.Pair “Travel” with “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” and ask students to discuss the adventurous spirits of the speakers in the two texts. What does the speaker in the poem “Travel” wish to see? How does this compare to the narrator’s desire to see France in the excerpt? How is the narrator impacted by everything he sees in Paris? How do students think the speaker in the poem would feel about traveling to Paris?