by Heather Klassen
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.
Jared to the Rescue
- Carole Duncan Buckman
In Carole Duncan Buckman’s short story “Jared to the Rescue,” Jared helps one of his classmates on the first day of second grade.Pair “Jared to the Rescue” with “Reading to Max” to provide students with another story about cats. How does Jared help the kittens in “Jared to the Rescue”? How do Jared’s actions compare to what Ben does for Max in “Reading to Max”?
Strong For Skeena
- Julia Tozier
In Julie Tozier’s “Strong for Skeena,” a boy must be strong for his sled dog after she is seriously injured.Pair “Strong for Skeena” with “Reading to Max” and ask students to discuss the friendships between humans and animals in the two stories. How does Matt and Skeena’s relationship compare to Ben and Max’s? Why do the boys in the two texts care about the animals in their lives?