by Robert Frost
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.
East German Man Receives Contest Prize 45 Years Later
- Joyce Grant
"East German Man Receives Contest Prize 45 Years Later" is a short news article that offers a brief history of the Berlin Wall.Pair “Mending Wall” with “East German Man Receives Contest Prize 45 Years Later” and have students discuss the purpose and impact of borders and divides. Why do we place barriers between people and countries? What effect does this have on our lives?
Excerpt from "Self-Reliance"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this excerpt, American author and philosopher Emerson expounds his Transcendentalist beliefs about individuality and nonconformity.Pair the excerpt from “Self Reliance” with “Mending Wall” and ask students to compare the themes of the two pieces. In an article on Frost in Harvard Magazine, Adam Kirsch writes, “Frost was a great Emersonian—in a late essay, he writes of having grown up ‘under the auspices of Emerson’—and all the while he was practicing his own quiet version of self-reliance.” How are Emerson’s ideas reflected in the message of “Mending Wall”?
Fear Is Simple and Profound
- Julia Butterfly Hill
In this speech, Julia Butterfly Hill explains how fear and addiction keep people from achieving their goals.Pair “Mending Wall” with “Fear is Simple and Profound” and ask students to compare how the theme of comfort develops in each.
The Berlin Wall
- Mike Kubic
Mike Kubic discusses the Berlin Wall and its effects on the two halves of Berlin that now stood divided.Pair “The Berlin Wall” with “Mending Wall” and have students discuss the meaning of boundaries between people, places, and ideas. What do walls represent?