by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
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.
The Emperor's New Clothes
- Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author best known for his collection of fairy tales, such as “The Little Mermaid.” In “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” two conmen manage to convince the emperor to wear clothing that is invisible to the foolish or stupid. Embarrassed to admit he cannot see the clothes, the emperor strips, puts them on, and walks naked through the streets.Pair “The Emperor’s New Clothes” with “Casey at the Bat” and ask students to discuss how arrogance factors into corruption. Do the main characters in these pieces share any personality traits? Do they like to put on a show?
- CommonLit Staff
Violent acts and delinquent behavior have long been associated with soccer games. The need to feel accepted by a group and to gain power are the main reasons people partake in what is known as football hooliganism.Pair “Football Hooliganism” with “Casey at the Bat” and ask students to discuss how each piece portrays sports fans. Where does this behavior stem from? Why do fans put so much energy/emotion into games?
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
- Chris Woods
In Chris Woods’ poem “Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast,” a speaker describes watching a gymnast perform.Pair “Casey at the Bat” with “Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast” and ask students to discuss how the two poems use figurative language to explore sports. How does the tone of each poem compare? What effect does the tone have on the overall theme of each poem?
Most Valuable Player
- Sarah Van Arsdale
In Sarah Van Arsdale’s poem “Most Valuable Player,” a speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy.Pair “Casey at the Bat” with “Most Valuable Player” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore success in sports. How does the portrayal of the two players compare? How does the point of view of each poem contribute to the overall themes?
- Piri Thomas
In Piri Thomas’ short story “Amigo Brothers,” two best friends compete against each other in a boxing match.Pair “Casey at the Bat” with “Amigo Brothers” and ask students to discuss how the characters of the two texts approach an obstacle in sports. What contributes to their success and their perceived failure? How do the authors build suspense during the sporting events in the two texts?
Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans
- David Lagesse
In the informational text “Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans” David Lagesse discusses the influence that baseball has had in the Dominican Republic.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?
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
- Rina Ferrarelli
In Rina Ferrarelli’s poem “Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist,” a speaker describes Joan Benoit’s victory at the first-ever women’s marathon at the Olympics.Pair “Casey at the Bat” with “Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist” and ask students to discuss what contributes to an athlete’s success. How do Casey’s character traits contribute to the outcome in “Casey at the Bat”? How do these traits compare to the qualities that led to Benoit’s success? What can we learn from each athlete’s approach to competition and challenge?
Baseball: From pitch to hits
- Stephen Orne
In the informational text “Baseball: From pitch to hits,” Stephen Orne discusses the physics behind baseball.Pair “Casey at the Bat” with “Baseball: From pitch to hits” to provide students with a poem about baseball. What does a batter have to take into consideration when a ball is pitched towards them? If scientists were collecting data while Casey was at bat, what do you think they would want to know in order to determine why he struck out?