by Isabel Dobrin
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 Chicano Movement
- Jessica McBirney
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney explores how the Chicano Movement emerged in the 1960s to empower Mexican Americans and created lasting change in education, workers’ rights, and politics.Pair “The Chicano Movement” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across The Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore expressing and embracing one’s identity. Based on the information in “The Chicano Movement,” how do you think Mexican Americans were treated for publically celebrating Día de los Muertos in the past? Why do students think Mexican Americans celebrated Día de los Muertos during the Chicano Movement as a show of pride?
The Medicine Bag
- Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
In Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve’s short story “The Medicine Bag,” Martin’s grandpa visits him and passes down a medicine bag to him, an important object in their family.Pair “The Medicine Bag” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across The Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the value of traditions. What does the medicine bag mean to Martin’s grandpa? How does this compare to the practices common for Day of the Dead? How do both traditions help people face the loss of a loved one?
- Alan King
In Alan King’s poem “The Listener,” the speaker hears someone laugh and is reminded of his deceased aunt.Pair “The Listener” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across the Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how speakers in both pieces remember loved ones who have died. Based on the information in “The Listener," how does the speaker remember his aunt? How does this differ from and compare to how Adolfo Arguello and his family remember loved ones who have passed away?