by Preminda Jacob
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.
Burning a Book
- William Stafford
William Stafford’s poem “Burning a Book” considers the act of book burning in a new light, emphasizing the greater importance of combating ignorance and sharing ideas.Pair “Burning a Book” with “Banksy and the tradition of destroying art” and ask students to discuss the act of burning a book or destroying a work of art. How do both texts emphasize the symbolic nature of destroying something? How is the motivation behind burning a book different than what drives an artist to destroy their own work?
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “Salvador Dalí,” Jessica McBirney discusses the famously eccentric surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.Pair “Salvador DalÍ” with “Banksy and the tradition of destroying art” to provide students with information about another unconventional artist. Ask students to discuss what sets DalÍ and Banksy apart from other artists. How has this made them both even more successful? Would Dali and Banksy agree or disagree with each other about the art world? Why?