by Linda Pastan
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.
The Ecchoing Green
- William Blake
In this famous poem, the speaker laments the fleeting nature of youth.Pair “The Ecchoing Green” with “To a Daughter Leaving Home” and ask students to discuss how the two narrators describe youth and growing up. How does the perspective of the narrator influence the contents of the text?
- Li-Young Lee
In Li-Young Lee’s poem “Eating Together,” a family shares a meal after losing the speaker’s father.Pair “Eating Together” with “To a Daughter Leaving Home” and ask students to discuss how these two poems explore different parts of growing up. How do the differing perspectives of these two poems impact their portrayals of growing up?
- Linda Pastan
In Linda Pastan’s poem “Accidents,” a woman loses her child and contemplates the nature of tragic accidents.Pair “Accidents” with “To a Daughter Leaving Home” and ask students to discuss the similar styles and themes of these two poems by the same author. How do these two poems explore tragedy or the possibility of tragedy? What role does anxiety play in this? How does this affect the overall tone of the two poems?
- Ralph Fletcher
In Ralph Fletcher’s “Funeral,” a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.Pair “To A Daughter Leaving Home” and “Funeral” and ask students to consider how both texts show different parts of growing up. How does each text show how typical experiences from growing up – riding a bike and moving to a new place - can be both happy and sad? How do the speakers in each text feel, and how much do they share about their feelings?
The Drive-In Movies
- Gary Soto
In Gary Soto’s short story “The Drive-In Movies,” Soto describes his desire to go the drive-in movies as a kid.Pair “To A Daughter Leaving Home” with “The Drive-In Movies” and ask students to discuss what it means to grow up. How do the differing perspectives of the two texts contribute to the different themes regarding growing up? How do both texts explore the relationships between children and their mothers?
In My Mom's Shoes
- Kat Chow
Kat Chow’s “In My Mom’s Shoes,” reflects on Chow losing her mother and the experience of walking in an old pair of her shoes.Pair “To A Daughter Leaving Home” with “In My Mom’s Shoes” and ask students to discuss how mother-daughter relationships are presented in each text. Students should consider how the perspective of the speaker in each text affects the tone of the story. Ask students how each story deals with a form of loss and how this loss is connected to age and growing up.
- Joyce Carol Oates
In Joyce Carol Oates’s short story “Shopping,” a mother and daughter experience tension while on a shopping trip.Pair “To A Daughter Leaving Home” with “Shopping” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the relationship between mothers and daughters. How are the mothers affected by the idea of their daughters growing up? Ask students to compare the fears that the mothers in the two texts express.
Sleeping with the Baby
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “Sleeping with the Baby,” a speaker discusses their baby and his inability to sleep through the night.Pair “To a Daughter Leaving Home” with “Sleeping with the Baby” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the perspective of parents as their children grow up. What challenges do parents experience as their children grow up? How do the challenges presented by a newborn compare to the challenges parents face when their child leaves home?
Bringing Baby Home
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “Bringing Baby Home,” a speaker describes their baby’s first experiences of the world after they bring her home.Pair “To A Daughter Leaving Home” with “Bringing Baby Home” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore new experiences. How do new experiences change as a person grows older? Do students think there is ever a time in a person’s life where they no longer have new experiences? Why or why not?
Omer's Big Dive
- Lucinda H. Kennaley
In Lucinda H. Kennaley’s short story “Omer’s Big Dive,” a boy must become a pearl diver after his father dies.Pair “To a Daughter Leaving Home” with “Omer’s Big Dive” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore growing up. How is the daughter in “To a Daughter Leaving Home” taking on adult responsibilities? How does this compare to what Omer must do now that his father has died? Would the daughter and Omer agree or disagree about what it means to be grown up?
- Heidi Stemple
In Heidi Stemple’s memoir “Moving Home,” she describes making the decision to move home with her family after her father falls ill.Pair “To a Daughter Leaving Home” with “Moving Home” and ask students to compare how the two texts explore leaving home. How does “Moving Home” prove that leaving home is sometimes not a permanent decision? How is the relationship between parents and children represented in each text? Is the relationship similar or different? Why?
- Gary Soto
In Gary Soto’s short story, “Growing Up,” a teenage girl decides she’s too old for family vacations.Pair “To a Daughter Leaving Home” with “Growing Up” to provide students with a poem about a girl growing up. Ask students to discuss how the poem offers a different perspective than the short story. “Growing Up” focuses on Maria’s experiences as a teenager. What do students think it’s like for Maria’s parents to see her change? How are Maria’s teenage years difficult for both Maria and her parents?