by Alan King
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.
Fame is a Bee
- Emily Dickinson
In Emily Dickinson’s poem “Fame is a Bee,” a speaker describes fame as a bee.Pair “Fame is a Bee” with “Swarm” and ask students to discuss how both speakers use figurative language relating to bees. What is the speaker in “Swarm” comparing bees to in his poem? How does this compare to how Emily Dickinson uses bees in “Fame is a Bee”? Why do students think the authors decided to use bees figuratively in the two poems?
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- J.K. Rowling
After a year spent at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry, Harry Potter returns to his non-magical family for the summer, where he must endure his family treating him badly because they fear his powers.Pair “‘The Worst Birthday’ from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with “Swarm” and ask students to discuss how the characters in both texts are bullied. How is the speaker treated by Darnell? How does this compare to how Harry Potter is treated by the Dursleys? How do the speaker and Harry respond to being bullied?
What My Father Said
- Alan King
In Alan King’s poem “What My Father Said,” a boy wants to play with his friends but his father puts him to work.Pair “Swarm” with “What My Father Said” to provide students another poem by Alan King. Ask students to discuss what the two poems have in common. In the two poems, the speakers look back on a memory from their youth. Why are these memories significant? Why do you think the author chose to write about them?