by Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
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.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
- Robert Frost
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets in history. His poems frequently employ rural scenes from the New England countryside. “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” published in 1923, uses nature to describe aging and the inevitable course of time.Pair “Nothing Gold Can Stay” with “The Story of the Lazy Boy” and ask students to compare how the themes of youth, time, and nature develop in each text.
The Ants and the Grasshopper
- 620-560 BCE
In this fable of Aesop, a grasshopper asks some hard-working ants for help as winter approaches.Pair “The Story of the Lazy Boy: A Kacahri Folktale” with “The Ants and the Grasshopper” and ask students to compare and contrast the main characters in each text. How are the grasshopper and the boy similar? How are they different? What lessons can be learned from their stories?
Alaska Accelerates Indoor Agriculture
- Emily Schwing
In the informational text “Alaska Accelerates Indoor Agriculture,” Emily Schwing discusses the use of greenhouses to produce fruits and vegetables during Alaskan winters.Pair “The Story of the Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale” with “Alaska Accelerates Indoor Agriculture” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the affects that seasons have on farming. How do greenhouses allow farmers a chance to plant during seasons that don’t usually allow produce to grow? How do both texts explore the importance of being able to grow crops?