by Jean Toomer
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.
World Below the Brine
- Walt Whitman
In Walt Whitman’s poem “World Below the Brine,” the speaker explores the world under the sea.Pair “World Below the Brine” with “Storm Ending” and ask student to discuss how the speakers of the two poems view nature. Why do they feel this way? How do the structures of the two poems contribute to their themes?
The Harlem Renaissance
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “The Harlem Renaissance,” Jessica McBirney discusses how the movement developed and the effect it had on America.Pair “The Harlem Renaissance” with “Storm Ending” to provide students with historical context regarding the time and movement Jean Toomer wrote during. Ask students to further discuss the Harlem Renaissance and how the movement may have influenced the style or content of Toomer’s writing. How does the historical context provided in the text influence students’ understanding of “Storm Ending?”
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 “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” with “Storm Ending” and ask student to discuss how the two poems explore different aspects of nature. How do the speakers portray nature? How does nature affect them? How do the two poems use nature to address larger themes? How do the two texts use figurative language in similar ways?
- Nikki Grimes
In Nikki Grimes’ poem “Truth,” a speaker compares the possibilities of a new day to a storm.Pair “Storm Ending” with “Truth” and ask students to discuss the thematic connections between Nikki Grimes’ poem and the inspiration piece. How do the themes of the two texts compare? How do both speakers perceive the future? Additionally, ask students how these two poems contribute to their understanding of how poets read and respond to the work of other poets.
- Molly McGinnis
In Molly McGinnis’ poem “Joy,” a speaker describes various things that bring them happiness.Pair “Storm Ending” with “Joy” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore natural occurrences. How do the two texts use imagery of the sun? Does the sun have the same meaning in both texts? Why or why not?