by Robin A. Zimmerman
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 Phoenix Bird
- Hans Christian Andersen
In the short story, “The Phoenix Bird,” Hans Christian Andersen discusses the origins and influence of the mythical Phoenix.Pair “The Phoenix” with “Jewel Bird” and ask students to compare the phoenix with the quetzal. What does each bird represent, and why are the birds important to the people in each text? Would the quetzal still be remembered if it had ended in flames like the Phoenix did?
Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide
The informational text “Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide” explains how Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztec empire.Pair “Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide” with “Jewel Bird” to provide students with additional information about the Aztecs. Ask students to discuss how both texts explore the Aztecs’ beliefs. How did Montezuma’s belief in the “feathered snake god” affect his interactions with Hernán Cortés? After learning more about the animal that inspired this god, why do students think that Montezuma respected it?