by David Lagesse
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.
Casey at the Bat
- Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940) was an American writer and poet, best known for this poem. It is considered a classic in sports-related literature and perhaps the most famous baseball poem ever written. In it, an arrogant player steps up to the plate with the weight of the game on his shoulders.Pair “Casey at the Bat” with “Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the consequences of a player’s overconfidence. How do the two texts explore themes of corruption in different ways?
Life After Sport
- Emma Vickers
After retirement, high performance athletes are at risk for depression and loss of self-identity. This article explores what can be done to overcome this challenge.Pair “Life After Sport” with “Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans” and ask students to discuss how the pressure of sports can negatively impact players. In what ways do students think young Dominican players could be susceptible to the risks discussed in “Life After Sport”?
How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball
- Jessica McBirney
In “How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball,” Jessica McBirney discusses the life and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League baseball player.Pair “How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball” with “Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans” and ask students to discuss how people have achieved success in baseball. What challenges did players in both texts have to overcome in order to succeed? How do both texts explore ways in which baseball has changed?
Immigrants in Our Own Land
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In the poem “Immigrants in Our Own Land,” the speaker dreams of a better life but encounters a disappointing reality instead.Pair “Immigrants in Our Own Land” with “Baseball is a Field of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans” and ask students to consider how people’s hopes can differ from reality. How do the people in each text imagine a better life? In the context of the two readings, why is it difficult to turn such dreams into reality? What are the larger forces outside of the individual’s control that might determine whether or not certain dreams can be achieved?