Paired Texts > The Jacket
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.
In Sandra Cisneros's "Eleven," a girl is forced to wear a sweater that doesn't belong to her on her birthday.Pair “Eleven” with “The Jacket” and ask students to discuss the articles of clothing in each passage. What do the sweater and the jacket mean to the main characters in the texts? How do they feel about the clothes? How do the clothes affect their lives at school?
In Gary Soto's short story "Mother and Daughter," a young girl is embarrassed when her mother can't buy her a new dress for the school dance.Pair “Mother and Daughter” with “The Jacket” and ask students to discuss the relationships between the main characters and their mothers. How are they similar and how are they different? What role does clothing play in their lives?
In Gary Soto's short story "The Drive-In Movies," Soto describes his desire to go the drive-in movies as a kid.Pair “The Drive-in Movies” with “The Jacket” and ask students to compare the two passages about Gary Soto’s childhood. After reading the two passages, how would you describe his life growing up? If you could write about an incident in your life growing up, what would you write about?
In "Taco Head," a young Mexican American girl struggles with school bullies and figuring out the best way to respond.Pair “The Jacket” with “Taco Head” and ask students to discuss the ways each character’s feelings evolve over the course of the text. How are Sofia’s feelings about tacos similar to the speaker’s about his jacket? How do their feelings change?
In "First-Day Fly," a narrator reflects on a boy preparing a perfect outfit for the first day of school.Pair “The Jacket” with “First-Day Fly” and ask students to discuss the pressures that middle school students feel to look and dress a certain way. How do both authors use hyperbole, or exaggeration, and figurative language to express the characters’ perception of the importance of their clothing? Although “The Jacket” is a nonfiction memoir and “First-Day Fly” is a fictional short story, both authors use retrospective narration, or looking back on past events, experiences, and feelings. What is the impact of this style on the reader? Do you think you will feel differently than you do now when you look back on your teenage years as an adult? Why, or why not?