by Robert Cormier
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.
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s “Legacies,” a girl’s grandmother wants to teach her a recipe.Pair “Legacies” with “The Moustache” and ask students to discuss the relationship between kids and their grandparents in the two texts. How does the relationship between the speakers and their grandmothers evolve throughout the two texts?
- Sandra Cisneros
In Sandra Cisneros’ poem “Abuelito Who,” the speaker describes the changing relationship with their aging grandfather.Pair “Abuelito Who” with “The Moustache” and ask students to discuss how both text explore the effects of aging. How are the speakers’ grandparents negatively impacted by their age? How does it change the speakers’ relationship to their grandparents? How do both texts use figurative language to explore their grandparents’ aging?