by Emily Dickinson
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.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (254)
- Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a poet who wrote many poems that dealt with death. In this symbolism-filled poem, ““Hope” is the thing with feathers,” Dickinson symbolizes hope as a bird that prevails in a storm.Pair “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” with “Fame is a Bee” and ask students to discuss how the author uses nature to explore greater themes. What is the effect of Dickinson comparing nature to human experiences in the two poems? How do Dickinson's rhyme schemes in the two poems contribute to their meaning?
Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
- NPR Staff
Malala Yousafzai (born 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban has banned girls from attending school. Malala, whose family ran a chain of local schools, publicly stood against the Taliban’s actions and launched an international movement, surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban on October 9th, 2012. The article discusses this incredible young woman and her continuing advocation for universal women’s education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl” with “Fame is a Bee” and ask students to discuss how Malala has used her fame. What has her fame allowed her accomplish in the world? In what ways do students think fame has presented challenges for Malala?
- Alan King
In Alan King’s poem “Swarm,” a speaker watches two boys fight and is reminded of a fight from his youth.Pair “Fame is a Bee” with “Swarm” and ask students to discuss how both speakers use figurative language relating to bees. What is the speaker in “Swarm” comparing bees to in his poem? How does this compare to how Emily Dickinson uses bees in “Fame is a Bee”? Why do students think the authors decided to use bees figuratively in the two poems?