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 Bear and the Two Travelers
- 620-560 B.C.
In “The Bear and the Two Travelers,” a traveler abandons his friend in the face of danger.Pair “The Frog and the Mouse” with “The Bear and the Two Travelers” and ask students to compare the two fables. What similarities do the two texts share? What is the moral of both texts?
- Howard Pyle
In this humorous old folktale, a man must deal with the desires of three tricky rogues. However, he overcomes their tricks with a plan of his own.Pair “Master Jacob” with “The Frog and the Mouse” and ask students to compare the similar themes. What do these two stories teach us about acts of betrayal? In students’ opinions, who were the intended audiences of these stories?
Lamb to the Slaughter
- Roald Dahl
In “Lamb to the Slaughter,” Roald Dahl tells the story of a woman betrayed by her husband and her violent retaliation.Pair “The Frog and the Mouse” with “Lamb to the Slaughter” and ask student to discuss what these two stories teach readers about betrayal. How do people react to being betrayed?