by Rosie King
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.
Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disability
- Karin Hitselberger
Karin Hitselberger is a disability rights activist, graduate student, and freelance writer with cerebral palsy. In this post from her personal blog, Hitselberger takes issue with the language sometimes used around the issue of dealing with one’s disability.Pair “Why I Refuse to Say I ‘Fight’ My Disability” with “How Autism Freed Me to be Myself” and ask students to compare the messages of these two texts. How does Karin Hitselberger’s message on self-acceptance compare to Rosie King’s message? What happens when you start celebrating your unique qualities rather than “fighting” them?
- Julio Noboa
In Julio Noboa’s poem “Identity,” a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.Pair “How Autism Freed Me to be Myself” with “Identity” and ask students to discuss what it means to be true to your identity. What has Rosie King’s autism enabled her to do? How does this compare to what the speaker of “Identity” is capable of because he sees himself as similar to a weed?
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “Salvador Dalí,” Jessica McBirney discusses the famously eccentric surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.Pair “How Autism Freed Me to Be Myself” with “Salvador Dalí” and ask students to discuss how Rosie King and Salvador Dalí’s unique traits contributed to their success. How might Salvador Dalí respond to King’s idea that “instead of punishing anything that strays from normal, [we should] celebrate uniqueness and cheer every time someone unleashes their imagination”? How are both King and Dalí examples of why it’s important to be true to yourself?