by Mikala Rempe
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 Role Reverser: Growing Up Too Soon
- Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.
In this article, Dr. Gregory L. Jantz tells the story of a boy named Adam and the pressures he had to confront following the divorce of his parents. In short, he was forced to grow up too soon.Pair “The Role Reverser” with “What Happened Here” and ask students to discuss the powerful impact that parents can have on their children. What kinds of experiences do students believe cause children to grow up too fast? Do students believe the speaker of “What Happened Here” was aged by the hunting trip? Why or why not?
- Anton Chekhov
“Home” by Anton Chekhov is a comedy about a child-parent relationship. The act of disciplining his son provokes deep philosophical thoughts and attitudes in Yevgeny Petrovitch Bykovsky.Pair “Home” with “What Happened Here” and ask students to discuss the impact that parents have on their children. What lessons do the parents in the two texts pass on to their children? How do both texts explore the innocence that children often possess?
Fear Is Simple and Profound
- Julia Butterfly Hill
In this speech, Julia Butterfly Hill explains how fear and addiction keep people from achieving their goals.Pair “Fear is Simple and Profound” with “What Happened Here” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore fear. According to Julia Butterfly Hill, how do people respond to fear? How does this compare to how the speaker of “What Happened Here” responds to their fear?