by Dick Donley
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.
At Your Fingertips
- Ruth Tenzer Feldman
In the informational text “At Your Fingertips,” Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service’s information about weather within the United States.Pair “At Your Fingertips” with “Tornado Coming!” and ask students to discuss the importance of the National Weather Service in warning people about tornados. How did having a warning about the approaching tornado help Matt and Mrs. Laney? “At Your Fingertips” claims that people generally have an 11-minute warning before a tornado strikes. How could Matt and Mrs. Laney have benefited from an earlier warning?
The Lighthouse Lamp
- Margaret E. Sangster
In Margaret E. Sangster’s poem “The Lighthouse Lamp,” a brave girl saves sailors during a storm when she keeps the lamp burning in her family’s lighthouse.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?
Into the Rapids
- Bradford H. Robie
In Bradford H. Robie’s “Into the Rapids,” a boy falls into the river during a rafting trip.Pair “Into the Rapids” with “Tornado Coming!” to provide students with another example of a person put in a dangerous situation. How does Wyatt respond to falling into the rapids? How does this compare to Matt’s actions following the tornado warning? What do both stories teach readers about how to behave in a life-threatening situation?
Tornadoes: Watch Out!
- Michael A. Signal
In the informational text “Tornadoes: Watch Out!” Michael A. Signal discusses the dangers of tornadoes and how people can best protect themselves from them.Pair “Tornado Coming” with “Tornadoes: Watch Out!” and ask students to explore the power of tornadoes shown in the two texts. What damage can a tornado do, as shown in the two texts? How does Matt react when he realizes a tornado is coming? Was this the right thing to do, according to the informational text?