by George Marion McClellan
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.
Excerpt from Walden: “The Ponds”
- Henry David Thoreau
In “Excerpt from Walden: ‘The Ponds,’” Henry David Thoreau describes a scene in nature at Walden Pond.Pair “Excerpt from Walden: ‘The Ponds’” with “A September Night” and ask students to discuss how each author develops their appreciation for nature. What do each of the authors say about the impact nature has on their lives? How do the messages of the texts compare?
To One Coming North
- Claude McKay
In Claude McKay’s poem “To One Coming North,” a speaker describes coming north and their feelings about their old home.Pair the poem “To One Coming North” with “A September Night” and ask students to discuss how the speakers define nature. How does each speaker identify nature’s role in their lives? How do the authors use imagery and figurative language to communicate what nature means for them?
Excerpt from “Nature”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, “Nature,” Emerson discusses his appreciation for nature.Pair “Excerpt from ‘Nature’” with “A September Night” and ask students to discuss how the authors characterize nature. How do both Emerson and McClellan personify nature? What effect does using personification have on the image of nature?