by Langston Hughes
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.
Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push
- Walter Dean Myers
In Walter Dean Myers’ short story “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push,” a boy must change his approach to basketball when he loses the ability to walk.Pair “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push” with “Dreams” and ask students to discuss how Chris holds on to his dream. What events make it difficult for Chris to fulfill his dream? What do students think Langston Hughes would say about dreams that are difficult to achieve?
Poetry Means the World to Me
- Tony Medina
In Tony Medina’s poem “Poetry Means the World to Me,” Medina speaks from Langston Hughes’ point of view to explore his love for poetry.Pair “Poetry Means the World to Me” with “Dreams” to provide students with a poem about Langston Hughes. Ask students to discuss how the speaker describes Hughes’ use of poetry in “Poetry Means the World to Me.” How do students see this reflected in Hughes’ poem, “Dreams”?
Dancing Toward Dreams
- Sara Matson
In the information text “Dancing Toward Dreams,” Sara Matson tells the life story of Misty Copeland, a successful ballerina who refused to give up.Pair “Dancing Towards Dreams” with “Dreams” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of dreams. Ask students to discuss Misty Copeland’s journey toward fulfilling her dreams. Do students think that Copeland “held fast” to her dreams? If so, in what ways?