by Hayes Davis
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.
- Emma Bartley
In Emma Bartley’s “First Pet,” the speaker describes a pet hermit crab.Pair “First Pet” with “Presence” and ask students to discuss the different pets describes in the two poems. How is the speaker in “First Pet” impacted when their hermit crab crawls away? How does this compare to the speaker’s feelings on the loss of their pet in “Presence”? Why do you think their emotions differ?
In My Mom's Shoes
- Kat 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 “Presence” and ask student to discuss the reminders that remain after a loved one is gone. How do these reminders affect people? How is Kat Chow comforted by her mother’s shoes after she dies? How do you think this compares to the lingering reminders of the speaker’s pet in “Presence”?
- Naomi Shihab Nye
In Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Alphabet,” a speaker describes the loss of some of their older neighbors.Pair “Alphabet” with “Presence” and ask students to discuss how the two speakers are impacted by death. What does the speaker feel like they are losing when their neighbors die in “Alphabet”? How does this compare to the loss the speaker feels in “Presence”? In what ways do the speakers in the two poems make the absence of something or someone feel tangible?
DNA Tells Tale of How Cats Conquered the World
- Tina Hesman Saey
In the informational text, “DNA Tells Tale of How Cats Conquered the World,” Tina Hessman Saey discusses a study that sheds light on when and where domesticated cats spread.Pair “Presence” with “DNA Tells Tale of How Cats Conquered the World” and ask students to discuss the close relationship that humans have formed with animals. How do the two texts explore how domesticated cats and dogs function in humans’ lives? How do students think the roles of domesticated cats and dogs have changed over time?
Song for the Turtles in the Gulf
- Linda Hogan
In “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf,” the speaker reflects on the complex beauty of sea turtles, the connection between humans and nature, and the way in which human actions can destroy nature.Pair “Presence” with “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf” and discuss with students how each poem represents the impact of an animal’s death. How do the speakers of both poems feel about animals? What does each speaker seem to appreciate about the animal that passed away? What role do animals, both domesticated and wild, play in people’s lives? Do you think people treat the deaths of domesticated and wild animals differently? Is that fair? Why do you think people are so drawn to and captivated by animals?