by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
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.
Love and Friendship
- Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë (1818-1848) was an English poet and novelist. While growing up, Brontë spent much of her time creating stories with her siblings, two of whom were also famous authors. In this poem, Emily Brontë uses symbolism to argue that friendship — not love — is everlasting.Pair “Love and Friendship” with “We Have Been Friends Together” to explore the power and strength of friendship. Ask students to discuss how the two poems describe difficult times. How do the poems use figurative language to convey the message that strong friendships can endure difficult times?
- Ralph Fletcher
In Ralph Fletcher’s “Funeral,” a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.Pair “Funeral” with “We Have Been Friends Together” and ask students to discuss how friendship is portrayed in the two texts. What conflicts do the friends in the two texts face? Do you think the friends will be able to maintain the strength of their friendships in both texts? Why or why not?
- Piri Thomas
In Piri Thomas’ short story “Amigo Brothers,” two best friends compete against each other in a boxing match.Pair “Amigo Brothers” with “We Have Been Friends Together” to provide students with another example of friendship. How does each text explore the ups and downs that friends often encounter? Why were Tony and Felix able to hold on to their friendship in spite of their fight? Do students think the friendship in “We Have Been Friends Together” will have a similar outcome? Why or why not?
Two Famous Friends
- Jean K. Potratz
In the informational text “Two Famous Friends,” Jean K. Potratz discusses the rocky friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.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?