by Nia Boulware
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 "If," the speaker sets out a list of rules by which he thinks his son should live.Pair “If” with “How to Ignore a House on Fire” and ask students what it means to be grown-up according to the poem? In what ways does the main character in “How to Ignore a House on Fire” meet the criteria? In what areas do they still need to grow?
The TerrorJunot Díaz
In Junot Díaz's "The Terror," Díaz explores his experiences with fear after getting beat-up as an adolescent.Pair “The Terror” with “How to Ignore a House on Fire” and ask students what the narrator and the main character have in common? What are their fears? In what ways do they show bravery?