by Deirdre Mundy
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.
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “I Am Offering This Poem” with “The Poetry Quilt” and ask students to discuss how the value of poetry is explored in both texts. What does poetry mean to the speaker in “I Am Offering This Poem”? How does this compare to what poetry provides Mistress Bradstreet and Charity?
Act Your Age
- Colleen Archer
In Colleen Archer’s story “Act Your Age,” a young girl is repeatedly reminded to act her age.Pair “Act Your Age” with “The Poetry Quilt” and ask students to discuss how the characters are accused of acting like babies. Why does it bother the characters to be compared to babies? How do the characters respond to the mean comments of their friends and family?