by Claude McKay
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.
At A Window
- Carl Sandburg
In this poem, a desperate speaker begs the gods to deliver someone to love.Pair "On Broadway" with "At a Window" and ask students to analyze how the theme of loneliness develops in each work. What conclusions can we draw about loneliness as a human emotion after reading each of these poems?
- Claude McKay
Festus Claudius “Claude” McKay (1889-1948) was a Jamaican-American novelist and poet who played an important role in the Harlem Renaissance. In this sonnet, the speaker reveals his mixed feelings about living in "the land of the free."Pair “On Broadway” with “America” and ask students to compare how the themes of isolation or exclusion are developed in each text.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
- William Wordsworth
In William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.Pair “On Broadway” with “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and ask students to compare how the speakers respond to the world around them in each poem. How do the speakers describe what they see in similar ways, and how does this affect the loneliness each speaker feels?
The Cotton Club
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “The Cotton Club,” Jessica McBirney describes the popular club in Harlem where several African American entertainers performed and gained notoriety.Pair “On Broadway” with “The Cotton Club” and ask students to discuss how the two authors depict this time in Harlem. What contrasting ideas and emotions do these to texts explore? How does McKay’s portrayal of this time through poetry contribute to students’ understanding of segregation and discrimination during this time?
- Jessica McBirney
Lin-Manuel Miranda used his passion for hip-hop music and his New York City origins to create unique and successful Broadway musicals.Pair “On Broadway” with “Lin-Manuel Miranda” and have students discuss McKay’s perspective on Broadway and Miranda’s experiences on the Broadway scene. How would Miranda feel about the speaker’s perspective?