“Imaginary friends don’t come of their own volition. We are invited. We stay as long as we are needed. And then, and only then, do we leave.”
Choosing varied resources adds depth to a student’s understanding of the characters, theme, setting, or conflict of a novel. By building their background knowledge through paired texts, students are able to make more connections, which will increase both their enjoyment and understanding of the novel. Using paired texts within a novel unit also allows for exposure to, and analysis of multiple genres. Creating Novel units that include a diverse set of paired texts gives the students the opportunity to work towards mastery of both fiction and nonfiction reading standards.
When asking students to analyze a text pairing, guide them towards making deeper connections with these thinking prompts:
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