by Alice Walker
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.
Hello, My Name Is ______
- Jason Kim
In the personal account “Hello, My Name Is _______,” Jason Kim discusses accepting his Korean American identity and his experiences assimilating into American culture.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Everyday Use” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore a person’s cultural identity. How does a person’s understanding of their identity change throughout their life? How do the two texts explore the importance of names in relation to one’s identity?
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s “Legacies,” a girl’s grandmother wants to teach her a recipe.Pair “Legacies” with “Everyday Use” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore relationships between family members. How do both texts show the importance of passing something down from one generation to another? How do family heirlooms and traditions mean something different to the various characters in the two texts?
- Gwendolyn Brooks
In Gwendolyn Brooks’ short story “Home,” a family may be forced to leave their home.Pair “Home” with “Everyday Use” and ask students to discuss how objects can hold special meaning for people. What does the house mean to the family in “Home?” How does this compare to Maggie and Mama’s views on their family heirlooms? How are these objects important to the notion of family in the two texts?
- Louise Erdrich
In Louise Erdrich’s short story “The Leap,” a narrator describes the life and important experiences of their mother, a retired trapeze performer.Pair “Everyday Use” with “The Leap” and ask students to discuss how the two short stories explore family. How does Maggie's relationship with her mother compare to the relationship between the speaker and their mother in “The Leap”? How do the actions of the mothers in the two stories shape the identities of their children?