Paired Texts > Different Ways to Pray
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.
In "Ramadan," the speaker describes the experience of fasting during the Muslim holy month.Pair “Ramadan” with “Different Ways to Pray” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore prayer. How does “Ramadan” explore the speaker’s changing relationship to prayer during the Ramadan fast? How does “Different Ways to Pray” present different relationships to prayer? How does the individual perspective in “Ramadan” relate to the various perspectives presented in “Different Ways to Pray”?
In "This is Not Who We Are," Naomi Shihab Nye reflects on her cultural identity as an Arab-American.Pair “This Is Not Who We Are” with “Different Ways to Pray” to give students additional context about the author’s experiences and point of view. How does Shihab Nye’s Palestinian and Muslim heritage influence her point of view according to “This Is Not Who We Are”? How do you see Shihab Nye using poetry in “Different Ways to Pray” to express and celebrate aspects of her identity?
In "Red Brocade," the speaker discusses an Arab custom of welcoming strangers.Pair “Red Brocade” with “Different Ways to Pray” and ask students to compare the poems’ themes. How does the theme of hospitality in the Arab tradition develop in “Red Brocade”? What themes around prayer in Islam are developed in “Different Ways to Pray”? How do these two poems complement each other in their expression of the poet’s cultural heritage? What are some ways they differ?
In "How to Be a Jew at Christmas," a Jewish mom reflects on teaching her son to embrace religious diversity while celebrating his own heritage. Pair “Different Ways to Pray” with “How to Be a Jew at Christmas” and ask students to discuss diversity within and across religious groups. How does the speaker in “Different Ways to Pray” describe different connections to prayer within Muslim tradition? How does the author of “How to Be a Jew at Christmas” describe different holiday traditions in Christianity and Judaism? Why is it important to acknowledge diversity within religious groups as well as across religious groups?
In "High School Football and Ramadan," Jamie Tarabay reports on a high school football player who is fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Pair “Different Ways to Pray” with “High School Football and Ramadan” and ask students to discuss the diversity within and across religious groups. How does “Different Ways to Pray” convey the different relationships to Islamic traditions within the Muslim community? How does “High School Football and Ramadan” report on different approaches to fasting within the Muslim athlete community? How do the poem and the news story address a similar theme through different forms of writing?