by Francesca Lia Block
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.
- Katherine Mansfield
In "Miss Brill," a woman’s day in the park has unexpected emotional consequences.Pair “Miss Brill” with “Blue” and ask students to discuss how both characters struggle with loneliness. How do Miss Brill and La attempt to connect with those around them? Why are they rejected? How is La eventually successful in connecting with her peers? Is Miss Brill able to successfully connect with others? Why or why not?
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “I Am Offering This Poem” with “Blue” and ask students to compare how each text treats the phrase “I love you.” How does writing help the speaker in the poem as well as the characters in “Blue” explore their feelings? How does it help them share their feelings? How does each text explore the idea of treasure?