by Kim Roberts
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.
- Mary Oliver
In Mary Oliver’s poem “This World,” a speaker describes the natural world that surrounds them.Pair “This World” with “International Fruit of Welcome” and ask students to discuss how the poets find value in surprising things. What things in nature does the speaker in “This World” find unexpectedly beautiful? How does this compare to the surprising uses the speaker attributes to pineapples in “International Fruit of Welcome”?
- Jessica McBirney
“Food Deserts” explains the consequences of living in food deserts and presents possible solutions to this national problem.Pair “Food Deserts” with “International Fruit of Welcome” and ask students to discuss the importance of fresh food. Ask students to discuss how the speaker in “International Fruit of Welcome” describes the value of pineapples. How does the informational text explore how it might be difficult for people to access fresh fruits, like pineapple?