by Samuel Scoville, Jr.
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 Open Boat
- Stephen Crane
In Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," several men are stranded at sea in a small dinghy. Crane uses vivid imagery to weave a story about survival, brotherhood, death, and the futility of trying to defeat nature's powerful forces.Pair “The Open Boat” with “The Reef” and ask students to discuss how each author depicts the ocean.
The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus
- 8 A.D.
Ovid (43 BCE – 17/18 CE), or Publius Ovidius Naso, was a Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, which now remains an important source of classical mythology. In this classic myth, Daedalus attempts to escape imprisonment on the island of Crete by crafting a pair of wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus.Pair “The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus” with “The Reef” and ask students to compare the texts. Do they share any similarities, such as archetypes or themes/messages? What is the relationship between the older man and younger boy—does the younger listen to his elder and what are the results?