by Christopher Boone
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.
A Description of A City Shower
- Jonathan Swift
In this satirical poem, Swift exposes the often disgusting aspects of city life in London in the 1700s.Pair “A Description of A City Shower” with “The US has become a nation of suburbs” to provide students with a satirical poem about living in the city. Ask student to discuss how the two texts describe city life. How do students think pollution in the city contributes to some of the uncleanliness described in the poem? Do students think that cities today are as disgusting as the speaker in the poem claims them to be?
American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality
- Ari Shapiro
This article from three years after the economic recession reports on the American Dream and the dwindling faith in it.Pair “American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality” with “The US has become a nation of suburbs” and ask students to discuss how the American Dream has changed over time. Do you think it’s still the American Dream to live in a house in the suburbs? Why or why not? Do students think this will be the American Dream in the future?
Meet the Coyote Next Door
- Andy Boyles
In the informational text “Meet the Coyote Next Door” Andy Boyles discusses how coyotes are living in cities.Pair “Meet the Coyote Next Door” with “The US has become a nation of suburbs” to provide students with an easier text about coyotes that are living in cities. Ask students to discuss where humans choose to live and how this is affecting wildlife and the environment. What other animals have become comfortable living among humans in cities? Do students think there are downsides to this?