by Gwendolyn Brooks
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.
Study: ‘High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness’
- Caitlin Kenney
The article “Study: ‘High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness’” discusses how a study conducted by psychologist Daniel Kahneman and economist Angus Deaton analyzes the impact money has on happiness.Pair “Study: ‘High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness’” with “Home” and ask students to discuss how money influences the happiness of the family in “Home.” In terms of “Study: ‘High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness,’” how does the family in “Home” define their happiness? What could be inferred about the family’s social status in the context of this text?
Sadie and Maud
- Gwendolyn Brooks
In Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem “Sadie and Maud,” two sisters lead very different lives due to the choices they have made.Pair “Sadie and Maude” with “Home” and ask students to discuss the similar themes and subject matter explored in the two texts. How do the different forms of the two texts how they tell their stories? How do the two texts explore the relationship between sisters and how economic forces shape life?
Excerpts from Three Sisters
- Anton Chekhov
In Anton Chekhov’s play “Three Sisters,” the Prózorov siblings struggle to find happiness in a rural Russian village.Pair “Excerpts from Three Sisters” with “Home” and ask students to discuss how the families in the two texts view their home. How do their definitions of home differ? What do their homes mean to them?
- Alice Walker
In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use,” a daughter comes home for a family visit with a new understanding of her heritage.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?
- Molly McGinnis
In Molly McGinnis’ poem “Window Seat,” a speaker describes looking out a window on an airplane.Pair “Home” with “Window Seat” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore what a home is. How do the depictions of home in the two texts compare? How do the forms of the two texts contribute to their exploration of the theme?
What Happened Here
- Mikala Rempe
In Mikala Rempe’s poem “What Happened Here,” a speaker describes going hunting with their father as a child.Pair “Home” with “What Happened Here” and ask students to discuss the impact that parents have on their children. What lessons do the parents in the two texts pass on to their children? How do both texts explore the innocence that children often possess?
- Ray Bradbury
In Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt,” Mr. and Mrs. Hadley become concerned when they realize how dependent their children are on the technology in their futuristic home.Pair “Home” with “The Veldt” and ask students to discuss how a home can be important to a family’s dynamic. What does home mean for the characters in the two texts? Do students think that the Hadley children would agree with the sentiments expressed in “Home” about family? Why or why not?
The Backyard Then
- Emma Bartley
In Emma Bartley’s poem “The Backyard Then,” a speaker describes memories they have of their backyard.Pair “Home” with “The Backyard Then” and ask students to discuss how specific places can bring people comfort. Do students think that the speaker in “The Backyard Then” considers the backyard an important part of their home? Why or why not? How does the way the characters in “Home” speak about their house compare to how the speaker in “The Backyard Then” describes their backyard?
Why there's no place like home for the holidays
- Frank T. McAndrew
In the informational text, “Why there’s no place like home for the holidays,” Frank T. McAndrew discusses why people enjoy coming home for the holidays.Pair “Home” with “Why there’s no place like home for the holidays” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of home. Ask students to discuss what home means to the family in “Home.” How does this compare to what the author in “Why there’s no place like home for the holidays” describes? Why was the family in “Home” upset about the possibility of losing their home?