by Teri Ellen Cross Davis
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.
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Mothers,” the speaker describes the different ways she has seen her mother throughout her life.Pair “Mothers” with “Akron at Night” and ask students to discuss how the relationship between mothers and their children is explored in the two poems. How does this relationship evolve throughout both poems?
Walking Down Park
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Walking Down Park,” the speaker reimagines the modern world as an idyllic wildlife landscape.Pair “Walking Down Park” with “Akron at Night” and ask students to discuss how ordinary places can take on new meaning. How does the speaker’s perspective as they walk down the street in “Walking Down Park” compare to the speaker’s views on Akron in “Akron at Night”? Do students think these new perspectives help bring the speakers greater happiness? Or is it their happiness that allows them to see familiar things in new and different ways?
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
- Teri Ellen Cross Davis
In Teri Ellen Cross Davis’ poem “East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl),” the speaker describes how she feels after having her hair braided by her mother.Pair “East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)” with “Akron at Night” to provide students with another example of Teri Ellen Cross Davis’ poetry. Ask students to discuss the small moments that Davis examines in these two poems and how they explore greater themes. How does Davis’ use of figurative language help convey these themes?