Paired Texts > Dust of Snow
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 "Nothing Gold Can Stay," a speaker describes the fleeting nature of youth and beauty.Pair “Nothing Gold Can Stay” with “Dust of Snow” and ask students to compare the themes of the two Frost poems. How does the tone of the two poems compare? How does Robert Frost use nature to explore the themes of the two poems?
In Li-Young Lee's poem "From Blossoms," the speaker describes eating peaches in the summertime.Pair “From Blossoms” with “Dust of Snow” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore simple pleasures. What brings the speakers of the two poems joy? How do these simple pleasures compare?
A selfish giant's interaction with a special child inspires him to become generous.Pair “The Selfish Giant” with “Dust of Snow” and ask students to discuss how the characters’ moods are improved in the two texts. What role does nature play in improving the characters’ moods? Are the characters responsible for their own happiness? Why or why not?
In J. Patrick Lewis' poem "One of a Kind," a speaker describes a turtle who believes it has seen everything.Pair “Dust of Snow” with “One of a Kind” and ask students to discuss how both texts portray snowfall. What does the snowflake represent for the turtle in “One of a Kind”? How does this compare to what the snow represents for the speaker in “Dust of Snow”? How do both texts convey a sense of love felt for nature?
In Julia Gousseva's short story "The Icicle Symphony," a girl in Moscow is reluctant to go out in the cold during winter.Pair “Dust of Snow” with “The Icicle Symphony” and ask students to discuss how cold weather is portrayed in the two texts. What do the speakers in the two texts find moving about the cold weather? How does the winter weather help improve the two speakers’ moods?
In "After the Winter," a speaker describes a hopeful future.Pair “Dust of Snow” with “After the Winter” and have students compare how both speakers feel about winter. What words and phrases do the speakers of “Dust of Snow” and “After the Winter” use to describe winter? For the speakers of each poem, do they associate more negative or positive feelings with winter? In your opinion, is winter beautiful or a season to just get through? Explain your answer.
In "Four Skinny Trees," the narrator compares herself and her resilience to the trees growing in her yard in this excerpt from The House on Mango Street.Pair “Dust of Snow” with “Four Skinny Trees” and ask students to compare the way nature is described in each text. How does Frost describe the snow and the tree in “Dust of Snow”? How does Cisneros describe the trees in “Four Skinny Trees”? How do both authors use figurative language and imagery to help the reader picture the nature scene in their heads?