by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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.
- Carl Sandburg
This short “American Haiku” examines fog over Chicago.Pair “Fog” with “Dawn” to provide students with another poem depicting an event occurring in nature. What kind of language do these poets use to describe natural events? How does word choice in these two poems contribute to their tones?
The Days Have Names
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “The Days Have Names,” a speaker considers why weeks do not have names while other units of time do.Pair “The Days Have Names” with “Dawn” to explore how things receive their names. Ask students to discuss why humans like to name things. How does it help them make sense of the world? What do students think inspired the men in “Dawn” to name the event in nature that they witnessed?