by Alberto Ríos
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.
Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century
- Jessica McBirney
This informational text describes the hard lives of Mexican-Americans and immigrants who became migrant workers throughout the 20th century in the United States.Pair “Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century” with “The Border: A Double Sonnet” to provide students with information about the border separating the United States and Mexico. How and why was the border established? Why did some people choose to cross the border? How do both texts explore the tension that borders can create?
- Yesenia Montilla
In Yesenia Montilla’s poem “Maps,” a speaker describes maps and how borders divide the world.Pair “Maps” with “The Border: A Double Sonnet” and ask students to discuss how borders affect people emotionally. What are the similarities between the speakers in both poems? How does time and hope play a role in both poems? What are the similarities and differences between the speakers’ tones?
- Joseph O. Legaspi
In Joseph O. Legaspi’s poem “Amphibians,” a speaker uses an extended metaphor to compare immigrants and amphibians.Pair “The Border: A Double Sonnet” with “Amphibians” and ask students to discuss how both poems develop our understanding of immigrants’ experiences. How does the border represent the division between the two environments explored in “Amphibians”? How is crossing the border a part of the challenging transformation that immigrants go through?
Immigration to the United States
- Michael A. Signal
In the informational text “Immigration to the United States,” Michael A. Signal discusses the long history of people traveling to America in order to make a new life for themselves.Pair “The Border: A Double Sonnet” with “Immigration to the United States” and ask students to discuss the division of the world. How do both texts explore who enforces borders around the world and who is impacted by them?
A Tense Calm on Brazil-Venezuelan Border after Anti-Immigrant Riot
- Inacio Doce Villamar
In “A Tense Calm on Brazil-Venezuelan Border after Anti-Immigrant Riot,” tensions rise as Venezuelan immigrants cross the border into Brazil to escape economic and political turmoil.Pair “The Border: A Double Sonnet” with “A Tense Calm on Brazil-Venezuelan Border after Anti-Immigrant Riot” and ask students to explore the concept of borders. How and why are borders established? Why do people choose to cross borders? How do both texts explore the tensions that borders can create?
- Ishmael Beah
In “Unusual Normality,” Ishmael Beah describes his experience transitioning to life as an American teenager after living as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.Pair “The Border: A Double Sonnet” with “Unusual Normality” and ask students how each text portrays the immigrant experience. What are the borders that Ishmael Beah encounters as he begins his new life in America? What separates Ishmael Beah from his new peers? How are borders used to intensity differences? Choose a line from the poem and explain how it helps you better comprehend the author’s experience in “Unusual Normality.”