by Carl Sandburg
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.
Halsted Street Car
- Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg's poem "Halsted Street Car" (1916) is a critique of working conditions in Chicago. In it, Sandburg paints a powerful picture of the weary faces of the working class.Pair “Halsted Street Car” with “Chicago” to provide students with another poem by Carl Sandburg. Ask students to compare the themes of the two poems. Do you think the industrialization discussed in “Halsted Street Car” is present in the poem “Chicago”? Why or why not? How could both poems be addressing different sides of industrialization in the city?
Walking Down Park
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Walking Down Park,” the speaker reimagines the modern world as an idyllic wildlife landscape.Pair “Walking Down Park” with “Chicago” and ask students to discuss how both texts depict the city. What different things do the two speakers see when they look at the city? Do students think that the speaker in “Walking Down Park” has a similar appreciation for the city that the speaker in “Chicago” does? Why or why not?