by Khat Patrong
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 "Upswing" a star baseball player struggles to come to terms with his high school's new rating app.Pair “Upswing” with “Old Games, New Territory” and ask students to discuss the themes in each text. What significant changes do the main characters in both stories face in their lives? If A.J. and Rashid could have a conversation about what is most important in sports, what do you think they would say?
In My Mom's ShoesKat Chow
Kat Chow's "In My Mom's Shoes," reflects on Chow losing her mother and the experience of walking in an old pair of her shoes.Pair “In My Mom’s Shoes” with “Old Games, New Territory” to provide students with another passage in which a person struggles with grief following the death of a parent. How do Rashid and Kat Chow act in similar ways? How do they treat the people around them? Based on their reading of both passages, do students think grief occurs in the same way or time for everyone? Why or why not?