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.
In My Mom's ShoesKat Chow
Kat Chow's "In My Mom's Shoes," reflects on Chow losing her mother and the experience of walking in an old pair of her shoes.Pair “In My Mom’s Shoes” with “The Listener” and ask students to discuss how people feel close to people they have lost. How does Kat Chow and the speaker in the poem initially feel when they lose someone in their family? How do they later on find comfort in the memory of them?
What My Father SaidAlan 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 “What My Father Said” with “The Listener” to provide students with another example of a poem by Alan King. Ask students to discuss how King explores the importance of family in the two poems. What roles do memories play in the two poems?
Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican DiasporaIsabel Dobrin
In the informational text "Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across The Mexican Diaspora," Isabel Dobrin discusses the holiday also known as Day of the Dead, its history, and how it is celebrated.Pair “The Listener” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across the Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how speakers in both pieces remember loved ones who have died. Based on the information in “The Listener," how does the speaker remember his aunt? How does this differ from and compare to how Adolfo Arguello and his family remember loved ones who have passed away?
Excerpt from Song of the LarkWilla Cather
In Willa Cather's Song of the Lark, a young girl has a close relationship with her aunt and helps her prepare for her roles in plays.Pair “The Listener” with “Excerpt from Song of the Lark” and ask students to discuss the relationships with an aunt explored in the two texts. How does the speaker in the poem emphasize how much they cared for their aunt? In what ways is it clear that Thea cares for her aunt? How are the characters in the two texts impacted by the close relationships with their family members?