by Maude Barrows Dutton
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America
- Barbara Radner
This informational text outlines Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership in America.Pair “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America” with “The Two Travelers” and ask students to discuss different types of leaders. What qualities did Martin Luther King, Jr. have as a leader? How does this compare to the qualities that the people in the folktale were looking for in their king? What traits do you think encouraged people to want to follow these two leaders?
Soaring “on the Wings of Wind”
- Lois Miner Huey
In the informational text “Soaring on the Wings of Wind,” Lois Miner Huey discusses the first young boy to ride in a hot air balloonthat was developed in America.Pair “Soaring on the Wings of Wind” with “The Two Travelers” to provide students with another story about bravery. Ask students to discuss how Edward Warren Jr. is brave when he agrees to go up in the hot air balloon. How does this compare to Ganem’s bravery in “The Two Travelers”? How are both Edward and Ganem rewarded for their bravery?
The Fox, the Hen, and the Drum
- Maude Barrows Dutton
In Maude Barrows Dutton’s retelling of the fable “The Fox, The Hen, and the Drum,” a greedy fox hunts for his dinner.Pair “The Fox, the Hen, and the Drum” with “The Two Travelers” to provide students with another story from Maude Barrows Dutton’s book of fables and folktales. Ask students to compare the themes of the fable with the folktale. What lessons do students take away from the two stories? Why do students think the two stories were included in the same book?