by Joy Cowley
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.
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “I Am Offering This Poem” with “Farmyard Wedding” and ask students to discuss how both poems explore love. How does the way the poet shows love in “I Am Offering This Poem” compare to how Duck and Drake prove their love to each other?
The Roof of Leaves
- Donna L. Washington
In Donna L. Washington’s short story “The Roof of Leaves,” a husband and a wife are able to save their marriage due to quick thinking after a fight.Pair “The Roof of Leaves” with “Farmyard Wedding” and ask students to compare how the couples in both texts affect those around them. How is the community in “The Roof of Leaves” affected by the husband and wife? How does this compare to the way the animals are affected by Duck and Drake’s wedding in “Farmyard Wedding?”