Pairs of texts

31 Mar

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about interesting textual pairings for study as part of a comparative unit.  Many of my ideas are not suitable for my school context or the ability levels of my classes.  However, I do think that, in the right contexts and with the right classes, all could form the basis of interesting and engaging units.

  1. A Lesson Before Dying (novel) & To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
  2. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Freedom Writers (film)
  3. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  4. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Schindler’s List (film)
  5. Americanah (novel) & selected episodes of Black-ish (television series)
  6. A Monster Calls (novel) & Boy (film)
  7. A Monster Calls (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  8. A Monster Calls (novel/film) & Frankenstein (novel)
  9. And Then There Were None (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  10. Animal Farm (novel) & Selection of episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  11. Anzac Girls (television series) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  12. Bad Feminist (collection of essays) & For Colored Girls (film)
  13. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  14. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Dreamer (novel)
  15. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Kite Runner (film or graphic novel)
  16. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  17. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & Boy (film)
  18. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & The Kite Runner (graphic novel)
  19. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Americanah (novel)
  20. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Selected short stories of Chinua Achebe (short stories)
  21. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Desdemona (play)
  22. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & God Help the Child (novel)
  23. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Kissing the Witch (novel)
  24. Brave New World (novel) & The Crucible (play)
  25. Brave New World (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  26. Brave New World (novel) & V for Vendetta (film)
  27. Briar Rose (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  28. Briar Rose (novel) & Lion (film)
  29. Briar Rose (novel) & Night (autobiography)
  30. Briar Rose (novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  31. Deadline (novel) & Dead Poets Society (film)
  32. Deadline (novel) & The Fault In Our Stars (film)
  33. Deadline (novel) & The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (film)
  34. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  35. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  36. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Invictus (film)
  37. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Remember the Titans (films)
  38. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  39. El Deafo (graphic novel) & The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel)
  40. Etiquette and Espionage (novel) & Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (film)
  41. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & After the Storm (film)
  42. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & 11’09’01 (collection of short films)
  43. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & Lion (film)
  44. Face (novel) & The Intouchables (film)
  45. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & Persepolis (graphic novel or film)
  46. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & V For Vendetta (film)
  47. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf (choreopoem) & Mustang (film)
  48. Frankenstein (novel) & Boy, Snow, Bird (novel)
  49. Frankenstein (novel) & Frankenweenie (film)
  50. Frankenstein (novel) & The Iron Giant (film)
  51. Frankenstein (novel) & Metropolis (film)
  52. Frankenstein (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  53. Frankenstein (novel) & The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film)
  54. Frankenstein (novel) & The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel)
  55. Girl Rising (film) & Poetry of Maya Angelou (poetry)
  56. Hamlet (play) & Nutshell (novel)
  57. Hamlet (play) & The Lion King (film)
  58. Hiroshima (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  59. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  60. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television show)
  61. King Richard II (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  62. Life of Pi (novel) & Castaway (film)
  63. Lord of the Flies (novel) & Where the Wild Things Are (film)
  64. Lord of the Flies (novel) & The Hunger Games (film)
  65. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Designated Survivor (television series)
  66. Macbeth (play) & The Dressmaker (film)
  67. Macbeth (play) & The Gods of Wheat Street (television series)
  68. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  69. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television series)
  70. Maus (graphic novel) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  71. Maus (graphic novel) & Night (autobiography)
  72. Maus (graphic novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  73. March (novel) & Little Wome(novel)
  74. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (novel) & The Fault in Our Stars (film)
  75. Night (autobiography) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  76. Night (autobiography) & Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography)
  77. Night (autobiography) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  78. Night (autobiography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  79. Night (autobiography) & The Seven Stages of Grieving (play)
  80. Nona and Me (novel) & Looking for Alibrandi (film)
  81. Nona and Me (novel) & September (film)
  82. Of Mice and Men (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  83. Othello (play) & Desdemona (play)
  84. Othello (play) & Gone Girl (film)
  85. Othello (play) & New Boy (novel)
  86. Othello (play) & V For Vendetta (film)
  87. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  88. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Lion (film)
  89. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Maus (graphic novel)
  90. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Night (autobiography)
  91. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  92. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bride and Prejudice (film)
  93. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bridget Jones’s Diary (film)
  94. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Mustang (film)
  95. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & The Wedding Plan (film)
  96. Refugee Boy (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  97. Refugee Boy (novel) & The African Doctor (film)
  98. Refugee Boy (novel) & The Arrival (picture book)
  99. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Alex and Eve (film)
  100. Romeo & Juliet (play) & A United Kingdom (film)
  101. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  102. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Hairspray (film)
  103. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Meet the Patels (film)
  104. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Mustang (film)
  105. Romeo & Juliet (play) & My Big Fat Greek Wedding (film)
  106. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Tanna (film)
  107. Romeo & Juliet (play) & The Fault in Our Stars (film or novel)
  108. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Titanic (film)
  109. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Viceroy’s House (film)
  110. Romeo & Juliet (play) & West Side Story (film)
  111. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television show)
  112. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Green Bicycle (novel)
  113. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Kite Runner (novel or graphic novel)
  114. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Wadjda (film)
  115. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  116. Scattered Lives (play) & Americannah (novel)
  117. Scattered Lives (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  118. Scattered Lives (play) & Looking for Alibrandi (novel)
  119. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Peter Skrzynecki (poetry)
  120. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Selina Nwulu (poetry)
  121. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  122. Schindler’s Ark (novel) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  123. Speak (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  124. Stargirl (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  125. Stolen (play) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  126. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  127. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (memoir) & Queen of Katwe (film)
  128. The Color Purple (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  129. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  130. The Dreamer (novel) & Billy Elliot (film)
  131. The Drover’s Wife (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series).
  132. The First Third (novel) & Boy (film)
  133. The Fault in Our Stars (novel) & Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (film)
  134. The Handmaid’s Tale (novel/television series) & Never Let me Go (novel/film)
  135. The Help (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  136. The Help (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  137. The Help (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  138. The Outsiders (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  139. The Outsiders (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  140. The Outsiders (novel) & Yolngu Boy (film)
  141. The Rabbits (picture book) & Deadly, Unna? (novel)
  142. The Rabbits (picture book) & Poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (poetry)
  143. The Rabbits (picture book) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  144. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  145. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & And Then There Were None (novel)
  146. The Scarlet Letter (novel) & Easy A (film)
  147. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & The Real Inspector Hound (play)
  148. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  149. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel) & The Drover’s Wife (play)
  150. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  151. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (novel) & Hamlet (play or film)
  152. The Kite Runner (novel) & Big Fish (film)
  153. The Kite Runner (novel) & Boy (film)
  154. The Queue (novel) & Animal Farm (novel)
  155. The Queue (novel) & Brave New World (novel)
  156. The Queue (novel) & Fahrenheit 451 (novel/film)
  157. The Queue (novel) & Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel)
  158. The Queue (novel) & Persepolis (film/graphic novel)
  159. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  160. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  161. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Poetry of Langston Hughes (poetry)
  162. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  163. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  164. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  165. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Help (film)
  166. To This Day (graphic novel) & Wonder (novel)
  167. To This Day (graphic novel) & Face (novel)
  168. Vernon God Little (novel) & Elephant (film)
  169. Vinegar Girl (novel) & The Taming of the Shrew (play)
  170. Vinegar Girl (novel) & 10 Things I Hate About You (film)
  171. Voices from Chernobyl (non-fiction) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  172. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  173. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Wilfred Owen (poetry)

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