by Marcus Woo
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.
Eating in Silence
- Pamela Huber
In Pamela Huber’s poem “Eating in Silence,” a speaker describes making lasagna: a recipe passed down by their grandmother.Pair “Eating in Silence” with “The Magical Transformation of Bread” to provide students with a poem about preparing a meal. Ask students to discuss how hands are important in creating both bread and lasagna from a small list of ingredients. Do students think chemical reactions happen to transform three ingredients into lasagna like four ingredients are transformed into bread? Why or why not? How can making bread be a family tradition like lasagna is for the speaker’s family in “Eating in Silence”?
What We Eat Is Who We Are
- Prana Joy Mandoe
In the informational text “What We Eat Is Who We Are,” Prana Joy Mandoe discusses the importance of traditional foods to Hawaiian culture.Pair “What We Eat Is Who We Are” with “The Magical Transformation of Bread” to provide students with information about traditional Hawaiian foods. In the text, the author discusses how important these foods are to Hawaiians. How important is bread to your diet? How would you feel if bread was no longer available? How could the availability of bread be impacted by changes in the environment like Hawaiian foods have been impacted?