by Jessica McBirney
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.
How Autism Freed Me to be Myself
- Rosie King
In “How Autism Freed Me to be Myself,” 16-year-old Rosie King shares her experiences with autism, and why she values the unique abilities that autism has provided her.Pair “How Autism Freed Me to Be Myself” with “Salvador Dalí” and ask students to discuss how Rosie King and Salvador Dalí’s unique traits contributed to their success. How might Salvador Dalí respond to King’s idea that “instead of punishing anything that strays from normal, [we should] celebrate uniqueness and cheer every time someone unleashes their imagination”? How are both King and Dalí examples of why it’s important to be true to yourself?
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “Frida Kahlo,” Jessica McBirney discusses the life and artistic career of the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.Pair “Frida Kahlo” with “Salvador Dalí” to provide students with another example of an influential artist. Ask students to discuss how the subject matter of Kahlo’s paintings compared to Dalí’s. How were the two artists responsible for creating change, both artistic and social?
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Turn, Turn, My Wheel,” a speaker watches in awe as a potter molds clay.Pair “Turn, Turn, My Wheel” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with “Salvador Dalí.” What do the potter and Dalí have in common? Consider the speaker of the poem. What influence can an artist have over others?
Banksy and the tradition of destroying art
- Preminda Jacob
In the informational text, “Banksy and the tradition of destroying art,” Preminda Jacob discusses artists who have destroyed their own work, specifically the graffiti artist Banksy.Pair “Salvador DalÍ” with “Banksy and the tradition of destroying art” to provide students with information about another unconventional artist. Ask students to discuss what sets DalÍ and Banksy apart from other artists. How has this made them both even more successful? Would Dali and Banksy agree or disagree with each other about the art world? Why?
Going, Going, Gone!
- Xyza: News for Kids
In the XYZA News article “Going, Going, Gone!” the author discusses a painting by the street artist Banksy that destroyed itself.Pair “Salvador Dalí” with “Going, Going, Gone!” to provide students with another artist that rejected traditional ideas about art. Ask students to discuss how Dalí’s art was different from other artists who weren’t a part of Surrealism. How do students think Dalí and Banksy’s personalities contribute to their popularity?