by Thomas Pool
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.
Jabari UnmaskedNikki Grimes
In Nikki Grimes' poem "Jabari Unmasked," a speaker describes hiding their identity from the world.Pair “Jabari Unmasked” with “The Night Oak Street Burned Down” and have students compare the speaker and the Visitors. What are the masks, literally and figuratively, that they wear? Why do they need to wear masks? How does society view them?
Going to School as a RefugeeCaroline Garrison
In the feature article "Going to School as a Refugee," Caroline Garrison describes the fears and struggles of refugee students in Dallas schools.Pair “Going to School as a Refugee” with “The Night Oak Street Burned Down” and have students compare Max’s experiences with the experiences of the refugees in the article. What programs could be implemented for the Visitors to help them on Earth? What would help the Earthlings better accept the Visitors?
The Star BeastNicholas Stuart Gray
In "The Star Beast," an alien creature lands on Earth and experiences mistreatment and degradation from humans.Pair “The Night Oak Street Burned Down” with “The Star Beast” and ask students to compare the two texts. How are the aliens treated in both texts by the humans? Are there any exceptions? What messages do you think the authors of the texts were trying to convey about how we treat others?
The Negro Leagues and Latin American BéisbolT. J. Resler
In "The Negro Leagues and Latin American Béisbol," the author explores the beneficial relationship between the Negro and Latin American Leagues during segregation in the United States.Pair “The Night Oak Street Burned Down” with “The Negro Leagues and Latin American Béisbol” and ask students to compare the relationship between Sarai and Max with Black and Latino baseball players. How did prejudices help form the relationships? How did they support one another? What were the benefits of maintaining a relationship? Were there any disadvantages to the relationship?