by Jimmy Santiago Baca
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.
The New Colossus
- Emma Lazarus
“The New Colossus” is a poem by Emma Lazarus that was published in 1883. It describes the millions of immigrants who came to America through the port of New York City at Ellis Island.Pair “Immigrants in Our Own Land” with “The New Colossus” and ask students to pay attention to tone as they read the two poems. How do the two poems portray immigrants? How do the two speakers view the promises of immigration? How does the “golden door” of “The New Colossus” compare to “the gates” of “Immigrants in Our Own Land”?
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
- Cesar Chavez
In this rousing 1984 speech to the Commonwealth Club of California, Cesar Chavez describes the horrible working conditions for Mexican farm workers in America and calls for change.Pair “Immigrants in Our Own Land” with “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California” and ask students to compare the working-class immigrant experiences that the two texts portray. How does each text emphasize the importance of human dignity? What are the attitudes of the poem’s speaker and César Chávez towards hope?
Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans
- David Lagesse
In the informational text “Baseball Is A Field Of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans” David Lagesse discusses the influence that baseball has had in the Dominican Republic.Pair “Immigrants in Our Own Land” with “Baseball is a Field of Dreams — And Dashed Hopes — For Dominicans” and ask students to consider how people’s hopes can differ from reality. How do the people in each text imagine a better life? In the context of the two readings, why is it difficult to turn such dreams into reality? What are the larger forces outside of the individual’s control that might determine whether or not certain dreams can be achieved?