We think that work should be celebrated and shared, so here are some of the favorite literary and nonfiction text pairing ideas and strategies we've come across lately:
- All of the posts in the New York Times' Learning Network's new "Text to Text" series. Romeo and Juliet, The Book Thief, and The Scarlet Letter are just a few of the literary texts they've paired with items from the NYT's vast and varied archives so far. Great stuff!
- Danielle Clarke pairs articles about the trapped Chilean miners with Lord of the Flies: "I've gathered the stories of the Chilean miners into a word document, and we have wonderful discussions about the different outcomes between the boys on the island and the men stranded in the mine. I also have several other non-fiction articles that I've used to compare/contrast with LOTF. They are located in this document."
- Check out Catlin Tucker's advice for teaching literature with a "nonfiction focus": TKAM and articles on the death penalty, The Joy Luck Club and Tiger Moms.
- A great article on "Why Teens Are So Impulsive" to use with Romeo and Juliet, found by Sarah Mulhern Gross (@thereadingzone).
- More great literature and NF pairing ideas presented by @AngieStooks33 and @oreilly_stacey at NCTE. (Find more in their new book, which comes out later this month!)
- Picked up Blaine Harden's Escape From Camp 14 at NCTE, and immediately found it to be a compelling read and a great book to pair with 1984.