by Karen O’Connor
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.
Diary of a Teenage Refugee
This account comes from a 16-year-old Syrian girl named Amira and details the past three years of her life in a refugee camp in the neighboring country of Lebanon.Pair “Diary of a Teenage Refugee” with “Free at Last: A Kurdish Family in America” and ask students to discuss the experiences of refugees explored in the two texts. How do the Ahmet family’s experiences fleeing their homeland compare to Amira’s experiences? How do the two memoirs offer different perspectives on refugees’ experiences?
Athena and the Dandelions
- Leeann Zouras
In Leeann Zouras’ short story “Athena and the Dandelions,” a girl is embarrassed that her Greek family eats dandelions.Pair “Athena and the Dandelions” with “Free at Last: A Kurdish Family in America” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore a family sharing its culture with others. How does Athena’s family and the Ahmet family use food to connect with others? How does this help them develop a friendship with others?
Soccer Speaks Many Languages
- Dianna Geers
In the informational text “Soccer Speaks Many Languages,” Dianna Greers discusses how a young refugee, Innocent Ndayizeye, is able to connect with others through soccer.Pair “Soccer Speaks Many Languages” with “Free at Last: A Kurdish Family in America” and ask students to discuss how life in a refugee camp is described in the two texts. What additional obstacles do refugees encounter as they try to find a safe home? How do the two refugee families make the best of their situation and life in America?
- Adrienne Su
In Adrienne Su’s poem “Peaches,” a speaker describes being the child of Chinese immigrants in America.Pair “Peaches” with “Free at Last: A Kurdish Family in America” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore parents’ experiences coming to a new country. How do the experiences of parents in America compare to their children? Why do students think that parents have a different experience than their children?