by Jacalyn McNamara
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.
Mother to Son
- Langston Hughes
In “Mother to Son,” a mother utilizes metaphor to communicate the struggles she's faced and the importance of perseverance to her son.Pair “Mother to Son” with “Door to Freedom” to provide students with a poem about overcoming something difficult. Ask students to discuss how the metaphor used in “Mother to Son” can also be applied to Pal. What does the speaker in the poem say to do when things get difficult? Do students think Pal does this?
Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis
- Jessica McBirney
In “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis,” Jessica McBirney describes the experiences of Jewish refugees who were not allowed to disembark the St. Louis at their destination.Pair “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis” with “Door to Freedom” to provide students with additional information about obstacles refugees face. How do both texts emphasize the difficulty of entering another country as a refugee? What happened to the refugees on the St. Louis who were turned away? What do students think happened to the Hungarian refugees who were never allowed into the embassy?
Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History
- Juliet Linderman for Voice of Witness
In the interview “Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History,” Juliet Linderman interviews a Sudanese refugee about his experience relocating to America.Pair “Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History” with “Door to Freedom” to provide students with another example of a refugee’s story. Ask students to discuss Felix Lohitai’s experiences coming to the United States. How did the challenges he faced compare to Pal’s? What do students think of the process through which refugees have to go to enter the United States? Why do they think those things?