by Jennifer Owings Dewey
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.
A Cobra in the Garden
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “A Cobra in the Garden,” Gunnell discusses her time living in Borneo and the cobra that lived in her garden there.Pair “The Cobra in the Garden” with “Walking for My Life” and ask students to discuss how the narrators of the two texts develop a respect for nature. How do they treat creatures that could be potentially dangerous to them? How do students think Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell would feel about the wilderness of the desert?
The Smell of Rain
- Jennifer Owings Dewey
In Jennifer Owings Dewey’s story “The Smell of Rain,” a narrator claims to be able to smell rain before it comes.Pair “The Smell of Rain” with “Walking for My Life” to provide students with another story by Jennifer Owings Dewey. Ask students to discuss how the two stories compare. What similar themes does Dewey explore in the two texts?