Paired Texts > Knock Knock
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 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?
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?
In "Recognition," two neighbors become friends during the COVID-19 pandemic but struggle to stay connected amid the ongoing New York City lockdown.Pair “Knock Knock” with “Recognition” and ask students to consider the motif of knocking in both texts. What does the knocking represent to the speaker of the poem and the narrator of the story? How do the speaker and narrator process grief when someone they are close to is suddenly gone?
In "Those Winter Sundays," a speaker looks back on all that their father did for them.Pair “Knock, Knock” with “Those Winter Sundays” and ask students to discuss the themes present in each text. How do the speakers’ relationships with their fathers compare? What do the students think the speaker of “Those Winter Sundays” was able to learn from their father that the speaker in “Knock, Knock” was not? If the speaker of “Those Winter Sundays” wrote a letter to themself from their father, what would it say?
In "The Celestials: Building the Transcontinental Railroad," the author explains how Chinese immigrants' contributions to building the transcontinental railroad were largely ignored, until recently.Pair “Knock Knock” with “The Celestials: Building the Transcontinental Railroad” and ask students to discuss the theme of prejudice. How did prejudice affect the speaker in “Knock Knock” and the Chinese workers in “The Celestials: Building the Transcontinental Railroad”? How did the Chinese workers help confront prejudice? What does the father tell the son about confronting prejudice? Do students think the Chinese workers knocked down doors of racism, poverty, and opportunity? Why or why not?