by Jessica McBirney
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.
- Claude McKay
Festus Claudius “Claude” McKay (1889-1948) was a Jamaican-American novelist and poet who played an important role in the Harlem Renaissance. In this sonnet, the speaker reveals his mixed feelings about living in "the land of the free."Pair Claude McKay’s poem “America” with the informational text “Close Calls in U.S. Election History.” The United States is complicated. McKay has mixed feelings about his country because of prejudice. “Close Calls” identifies times where U.S. democracy looks imperfect or controversial. What makes America unique and complicated?
Election Choices: 2008
- Barbara Radner
This informational text details the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.Pair “Close Calls in U.S. Election History” with “Election Choices” and have ask students to move closely examine the history of presidential elections in American history. How was the 2008 election similar or different to some of the other elections in the United States.