by Rita Dove
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 an Amber Dome
- Pamela Huber
In Pamela Huber’s poem “In an Amber Dome,” a speaker describes someone close to them whose mental and physical health are declining.Pair “Fifth Grade Autobiography” with “In an Amber Dome” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore memories. How do both speakers reflect on time spent with someone they loved? How do the tones of the two texts compare?
The Backyard Then
- Emma Bartley
In Emma Bartley’s poem “The Backyard Then,” a speaker describes memories they have of their backyard.Pair “Fifth Grade Autobiography” with “The Backyard Then” and ask students to discuss how the two poems revisit a specific time or place in the speaker’s memory. How do the memories that the speaker in “The Backyard Then” focuses on compare to the memories that the speaker focuses on in “Fifth Grade Autobiography”? How do both poems explore the importance of appreciating small moments of happiness?