by Margaret E. Sangster
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.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
- Josh Bean
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn’t be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football” with “The Lighthouse Lamp,” and ask students to discuss how gender impacts people’s expectations of others. Why do people question whether or not girls should be able to play football? How does this compare to the mother’s doubts about her daughter tending to the lighthouse lamp?
Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
- NPR Staff
Malala Yousafzai (born 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban has banned girls from attending school. Malala, whose family ran a chain of local schools, publicly stood against the Taliban’s actions and launched an international movement, surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban on October 9th, 2012. The article discusses this incredible young woman and her continuing advocation for universal women’s education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl” with “The Lighthouse Lamp,” and ask students to discuss how the girls in the two texts exhibit bravery. How does their bravery impact other people? Does their gender have any influence on what they are able to accomplish?
- Gary Soto
In Gary Soto’s short story “Seventh Grade,” a boy tries to impress a girl on his first day of seventh grade.Pair “Seventh Grade” with “The Lighthouse Lamp,” and ask students to discuss how characters in the texts are underestimated because of their gender. How do the girls respond to this? What messages do these two texts send about making assumptions based on a person’s gender?
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
- Ogden Nash
In this excerpt from Ogden Nash’s poem “Adventures of Isabel,” Isabel meets a hungry bear.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “Excerpts from Adventures of Isabel” and ask students to compare the obstacles that the two girls face. How does Isabel’s response to the bear’s threat compare to Gretchen’s response to needing to attend to the lamp?
Seeking a Hidden Hive
- Jocelyn Rish
In Jocelyn Rish’s short story “Seeking a Hidden Hive,” a small boy and his grandfather are led to a beehive by a bird to collect honeycomb.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “Seeking a Hidden Hive” and ask students to discuss how Gretchen and Guyo are brave. What motivates Gretchen to take a risk to help others? How does this compare to the dangers Guyo faces by reaching into the crack? How did their brave actions pay off?
The Market Square Dog
- James Herriot
In James Herriot’s short story “The Market Square Dog,” a veterinarian and a policeman help a stray dog that is injured.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “The Market Square Dog” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore what it means to be a hero. How do both Gretchen and Mr. Herriot make sacrifices to help others in each text? What characteristics do they possess that make them heroes?
Stop the Atlantic Express!
- Kate Sharp and Sarvinder Naberhaus
In the informational text “Stop the Atlantic Express!” Kate Sharp and Sarvinder Naberhaus tell the story of how Kate Shelley risked her own safety to help others during a dangerous storm.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “Stop the Atlantic Express!” and ask students to discuss how Gretchen and Kate Shelley both attempt to protect people from violent storms. What threats do the storms present to people in the two texts? How are Gretchen and Kate’s actions both brave? What sacrifices do both girls make for others?
Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire
- Mary E. Glucksman
In the informational text “Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire,” Mary E. Glucksman discusses how Mary McCann’s saved twenty people.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire” and ask students to discuss how Gretchen and Mary McCann both act heroically in the two texts. Ask students to compare how the two girls saved other people. What motivated them to act heroically? Would each have acted in the same way if they switched roles?
- Dick Donley
In Dick Donley’s short story “Tornado Coming!” a boy decides to help an elderly neighbor when there’s a tornado warning.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “Tornado Coming!” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore acts of bravery. How does Gretchen act bravely during the storm? How does this compare to Matt’s brave actions in “Tornado Coming!”? How do their brave actions put them in danger?
What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives
- Jean Daigneau
In the informational text “What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives,” Jean Daigneau discusses Eric Davis’ job as a firefighter and how he prepared to become a firefighter.Pair “The Lighthouse Lamp” with “What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives” and ask students to discuss how Gretchen and Eric Davis both exhibit traits of bravery. What does it mean to be brave in each text? Is it similar or different? Why? How do both people act to help others?