by Linda Rae Apolzon
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.
Eating in Silence
- Pamela Huber
In Pamela Huber’s poem “Eating in Silence,” a speaker describes making lasagna: a recipe passed down by their grandmother.Pair “Eating in Silence” with “All Saints’ Day at Night” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore remembering those who are gone. How does the speaker of “Eating in Silence” continue to honor their grandmother? How does this compare to the purpose of visiting graves on All Saints’ Day?
Queen Esther and Me
- Amalia Hoffman
In Amalia Hoffman’s essay “Queen Esther and Me,” Hoffman explores the origin and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.Pair “Queen Esther and Me” with “All Saints’ Day at Night” to provide students with another text that explores a special holiday. Ask students to discuss how the celebration of Purim compares to the celebration of All Saints’ Day. Why is spending time with family is an important part of both of these holidays?