Paired Texts > Inundated
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 The New York Times article "Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled; Toll Rises," Joseph B. Treaster and N.R. Kleinfield discuss the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina.Pair “Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans Is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled; Toll Rises” with “Inundated” to provide students with additional information about the chaos in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
In Nikki Grimes' poem "Jabari Unmasked," a speaker describes hiding their identity from the world.Pair “Jabari Unmasked” with “Inundated” and ask students to discuss how people are discriminated against because of their skin color. How do the two poems explore the negative assumptions that are often made about people of color? How do students think the news perpetuates these stereotypes?
In the information text "How the News Media Works," Jessica McBirney discusses how we receive information about events around the world and the controversy surrounding it.Pair “How the News Media Works” with “Inundated” and ask students to discuss how the media shapes our perception of others. What are some negative effects when the news media misrepresents a person? How is this explored in the poem “Inundated”?
In Kyle Dargan's poem "Poem Resisting Arrest," a speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.Pair “Inundated” with “Poem Resisting Arrest” and ask students to discuss how both poems explore the biases people have against others. What assumptions are made about the black man buying supplies in “Inundated”? How does this compare to the assumptions made about the poem in “Poem Resisting Arrest” when it questions its arrest?
In "The Blue Dress," a speaker's free-flowing thoughts guide the reader through an emotional contemplation of what it means to feel whole, accepted, and seen — or the opposite.Pair “Inundated” with “The Blue Dress” and ask students to discuss the concept of being viewed incompletely based either on a stereotype or unseen parts of one’s identity. How does not being viewed as a whole person manifest in “Inundated”? In “The Blue Dress,” why does the speaker feel that “only the moon sees me” (Line 10)? How does water symbolize the emotions connected with feeling unseen by others in both poems?