by J. Patrick Lewis
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.
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “I Am Offering This Poem” with “I’m the Library Lady” and ask students to discuss how both poems explore the power of literature. What does it mean to the speaker of “I Am Offering this Poem” that they can give someone a poem? How does this compare to what the speaker of “I’m the Library Lady” believes books can do for readers?
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author,” Barrett Smith discusses the activism of a young girl who collects and donates books with black girls as the main characters.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” with “I’m the Library Lady” and ask students to discuss the diversity present in and literature and how it needs to improve. What kinds of books does Marley Dias want to read and why doesn’t she have easy access to them? Why is it important for people to have access to books from different genres and with different characters?
Making Books in Braille
- Sara Matson
In the article “Making Books in Braille,” Sara Matson discusses Laurie Lower’s job transcribing books into braille for people with vision loss.Pair “I’m the Library Lady” with “Making Books in Braille” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore providing readers with good books. How does the librarian and Laurie Lower have similar missions when it comes to books? How does Laurie help ensure that there are books in libraries that people with vision loss can read?