by Jean K. Potratz
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 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 Lion and the Mouse” with “Two Famous Friends” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore unlikely friendships. Why are the lion and the mouse unlikely friends? How does this compare to the surprising friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams? Ask students to discuss why it can be good to have a friend who has opposing views.
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
- BirdBrain History
In this satirical text, a loyal subject of Great Britain doubts whether America will succeed as a country with its new Declaration of Independence.Pair “The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense” with “Two Famous Friends” to provide students with additional information about America’s independence and Thomas Jefferson. How did Jefferson contribute to the Declaration of Independence? Why do students think that both Jefferson and John Adams agreed on independence from Britain, despite their other opposing views? How could Jefferson and Adams’ opposing views highlighted in “Two Famous Friends” have been a result of wanting to create an independent country?
We Have Been Friends Together
- Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
In Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton’s poem “We Have Been Friends Together,” a speaker describes a conflict they are having with a friend.Pair “We Have Been Friends Together” with “Two Famous Friends” to explore how friendships can have their ups and downs. How do the two friends in the poem compare to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams? What do both texts reveal about the nature of friendship?