by Kat Chow
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.
- Li-Young Lee
In Li-Young Lee’s poem “Eating Together,” a family shares a meal after losing the speaker’s father.Pair “Eating Together” with “In My Mom’s Shoes” and ask students to discuss the similar themes of loss in these two texts. How do the speakers of the two texts portray the grief that comes with losing a parent? How do these two texts explore different expressions of grief?
To a Daughter Leaving Home
- Linda Pastan
In Linda Pastan’s poem “To a Daughter Leaving Home,” a mother describes watching her daughter ride away on her bike.Pair “To A Daughter Leaving Home” with “In My Mom’s Shoes” and ask students to discuss how mother-daughter relationships are presented in each text. Students should consider how the perspective of the speaker in each text affects the tone of the story. Ask students how each story deals with a form of loss and how this loss is connected to age and growing up.
Hello, My Name Is ______
- Jason Kim
In the personal account “Hello, My Name Is _______,” Jason Kim discusses accepting his Korean American identity and his experiences assimilating into American culture.Pair “Hello, My Name is” with “In My Mom’s Shoes” to provide students with two memoirs about the experiences of young Asian Americans. Ask students to compare how both Jason Kim and Kat Chow describe the impact of cultural differences on their youth and young adulthood.
New Carolina City
- Sydney Hamilton
In Sydney Hamilton’s “New Carolina City,” a speaker describes a seemingly impossibly perfect city known as New Carolina City.Pair “In My Mom’s Shoes” with “New Carolina City” and ask students to discuss how certain images and objects evoke a sense of nostalgia in both texts. How do the different forms explore this sense of nostalgia? How are the speakers affected by this sense of longing?
- Hayes Davis
In Hayes Davis’ poem “Presence,” a speaker describes the lingering presence of their deceased pet.Pair “In My Mom’s Shoes” with “Presence” and ask student to discuss the reminders that remain after a loved one is gone. How do these reminders affect people? How is Kat Chow comforted by her mother’s shoes after she dies? How do you think this compares to the lingering reminders of the speaker’s pet in “Presence”?
- Alan King
In Alan King’s poem “The Listener,” the speaker hears someone laugh and is reminded of his deceased aunt.Pair “In My Mom’s Shoes” with “The Listener” and ask students to discuss how people feel close to people they have lost. How does Kat Chow and the speaker in the poem initially feel when they lose someone in their family? How do they later on find comfort in the memory of them?
Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park
- Hayes Davis
In Hayes Davis’ poem “Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park,” a speaker describes learning how to drive with his father.Pair “In My Mom’s Shoes” with “Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the loss of a parent. What memories does Kat Chow share about her mother in “In My Mom’s Shoes”? How does this compare to the memory the speaker shares in “Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park”? How do these memories help readers develop an understand of the speakers’ parents and what they have lost?