by Tony Medina
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.
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “I Am Offering This Poem” with “Poetry Means the World to Me” and ask students to discuss how both speakers view poetry. How do the speakers use poetry to express themselves? How do the perspectives of the two poems compare?
Move to the Beat
- Colin Hickey
In the informational text “Move to the Beat,” Colin Hickey discusses a West African musician who teaches kids about music by playing for them.Pair “Poetry Means the World to Me” with “Move to the Beat” and ask students to discuss how poetry and music bring people together. How does Langston Hughes’ use of poetry compare to Benissan’s use of music? How do both texts explore who can create poetry or music?
- Langston Hughes
In Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” a speaker wonders about what happens when dreams are postponed.Pair “Poetry Means the World to Me” with “Harlem” and ask students to discuss how the first poem provides information about the author of the second. How does Tony Medina explore how Langston Hughes uses poetry? How does “Harlem” further support Medina’s claims in “Poetry Means the World to Me”?
- Langston Hughes
In the poem “Dreams,” Langston Hughes uses metaphors to describe what life would be like without dreams.Pair “Poetry Means the World to Me” with “Dreams” to provide students with a poem about Langston Hughes. Ask students to discuss how the speaker describes Hughes’ use of poetry in “Poetry Means the World to Me.” How do students see this reflected in Hughes’ poem, “Dreams”?