by Emma Bartley
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.
Fifth Grade Autobiography
- Rita Dove
In this poem, written by contemporary American writer Rita Frances Dove, the speaker explores early childhood memories.Pair “Fifth Grade Autobiography” with “The Backyard Then” and ask students to discuss how the two poems revisit a specific time or place in the speaker’s memory. How do the memories that the speaker in “The Backyard Then” focuses on compare to the memories that the speaker focuses on in “Fifth Grade Autobiography”? How do both poems explore the importance of appreciating small moments of happiness?
- Gwendolyn Brooks
In Gwendolyn Brooks’ short story “Home,” a family may be forced to leave their home.Pair “Home” with “The Backyard Then” and ask students to discuss how specific places can bring people comfort. Do students think that the speaker in “The Backyard Then” considers the backyard an important part of their home? Why or why not? How does the way the characters in “Home” speak about their house compare to how the speaker in “The Backyard Then” describes their backyard?
On How My Mother Sleeps
- Mikala Rempe
In Mikala Rempe’s poem “On How My Mother Sleeps,” a speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.Pair “On How My Mother Sleeps” with “The Backyard Then” and ask students to discuss how the two speakers explore memories. Do the speakers tend to lean towards positive or negative memories? What do the two speakers find important about the memories of their parents?