by Colleen Archer
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.
- Shel Silverstein
In Shel Silverstein’s poem “Growing Down,” a speaker encourages a grown up in their town to try “growing down.”Pair “Growing Down” with “Act Your Age” and ask students to discuss how the characters in each text are expected to act a certain way because of their age. How does age impact the way one is expected to behave? How do the kids in “Growing Down” and Frances stay true to who they are and what brings them happiness?
Play, Play Again
- Ellen Braaf
In the informational text “Play, Play Again,” Ellen Braaf discusses why animals play and how it might benefit them.Pair “Play, Play Again” with “Act Your Age” and ask students to discuss the benefits of playing. Do students think that playing stops being beneficial to humans as they grow up? Why or why not? How is playing childish games in “Act Your Age” benefiting Frances?
The Poetry Quilt
- Deirdre Mundy
In Deirdre Mundy’s short story “The Poetry Quilt” a Puritan girl gives up poetry after her sister tells her it’s for babies.Pair “Act Your Age” with “The Poetry Quilt” and ask students to discuss how the characters are accused of acting like babies. Why does it bother the characters to be compared to babies? How do the characters respond to the mean comments of their friends and family?
Fun and Games
- Kelsie Ingham
In the informational text “Fun and Games,” Kelsie Ingham describes the games that Native Americans played in the past and their benefits.Pair “Act Your Age” with “Fun and Games” and ask students to discuss show children should be encouraged to play. What do students think Frances was learning from her play in the short story? Do students think that there is a time when people get too old for play? Why or why not?