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-Books
- Robert 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?
- Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1939) was an English short story writer, poet, and novelist — as well as a contemporary of Robert Louis Stevenson. He is best known for his novel The Jungle Book. Kipling wrote in Victorian England, and “If” (published in 1910) represents some of the ideal qualities of a “proper Englishman” during that time. Utilizing a paternal tone, the narrator sets out a list of rules by which his son should live.Pair “If” with “Travel” and ask students to discuss the messages of each piece. What does it mean to be “a man” in each text?
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon
- Jules 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?
- Caroline 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 Man
- James 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?