Paired Texts > A Secret Code
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.
In "Reaching Out to the New Kid," a magazine author offers advice on helping a new kid at school.Pair “Reaching Out To The New Kid” with “A Secret Code” and have students discuss how it can be difficult to make friends when starting at a new school. In “Reaching Out to the New Kid,” what advice does Arizona share about helping new kids who have joined your class? What advice do you think she may give to Evelyn and the other kids at Amy’s school in “A Secret Code”?
This short but profound poem deals with the experience of hiding one's identity.Pair “Masks” with “A Secret Code” and have students think about how sharing parts of themselves can help build friendships. In “Masks,” what were the people trying to hide? What was Amy trying to hide in “A Secret Code”? How do the people in “Masks” stop themselves from creating a friendship? How does Amy’s sharing in “A Secret Code'' help her build a friendship with Evelyn?
In "To Have a Friend," a boy tries to make a friend after moving somewhere new.Pair “To Have a Friend...” with “A Secret Code” and have students think about how having a friend can help someone feel better in a new place. How does having a new friend help Gil in “To Have a Friend”? How does having a new friend help Amy in “A Secret Code”?
In "Courtney Craven," Melissa Hart interviews Courtney Craven, a gamer fighting to make video games more accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.Pair “A Secret Code” with “Courtney Craven” and ask students to discuss how the world can be made more accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. How is Evelyn’s house in “A Secret Code” different from a house created for an entirely hearing family? In the short story, Evelyn is embarrassed of her house. Do you think Evelyn would be embarrassed if more spaces were created with people who are deaf or hard of hearing in mind? How do both texts highlight the importance of inclusivity and accessibility?
In "The Mystery of Sound," Alex, a boy from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, starts at a new school.Pair “A Secret Code” with “The Mystery of Sound” and compare the experiences of both main characters at their new schools. What is difficult for Evelyn about starting at a new school in “A Secret Code”? What is difficult for Alex about starting at a new school in “The Mystery of Sound”? How do both stories reveal a similar theme about friendship?
In "No Shoes Aloud," Ryan, a member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, welcomes his hearing friends to dance class.Pair “A Secret Code” with “No Shoes Aloud” and ask students to think about how each story shares different information about deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). What are some facts readers learn about Evelyn’s house and the way her parents communicate in “A Secret Code”? What are some special skills that Ryan uses to dance in “No Shoes Aloud”? What do you learn about the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community from reading both stories?