by Daniel Beaty
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 Black Man's Burden
- Reverend H.T. Johnson
Reverend H.T. Johnson wrote this poem in response to Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden.”Pair “The Black Man’s Burden” with “Knock Knock” and ask students to discuss how poetry is used to shed light on prejudice. Why is poetry a powerful tool to inform people on prejudice, as well as empower those who encounter it?
The Destinies of Two Men Who Share One Name
- Melissa Block and Michele Norris
In this informational text, the topics of destiny and fate are explored when two men with similar backgrounds and the same name find themselves to be in two very different places in life.Pair “The Destinies of Two Men Who Share One Name” with “Knock Knock” and ask students to discuss what is influential when shaping one’s identity. What roles do families play in shaping identity in these two texts?
Dance Mama Dance
- Daniel Beaty
In Daniel Beaty’s poem “Dance Mama Dance,” the speaker discusses his single mother and how he wishes she would dance.Pair “Knock Knock” with “Dance Mama Dance” and ask students to compare the similar themes and styles of these two poems. In your opinion, what is Daniel Beaty attempting to accomplish through his poetry?
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
- Walter Dean Myers
In Walter Dean Myers’s short story “The Treasure of Lemon Brown,” a boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.Pair “Knock Knock” with “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the relationship between fathers and sons. How does the speaker portray his relationship with his father in “Knock Knock?” How does this compare to Greg’s relationship with his father?