Paired Texts > We Have Been Friends Together
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.
In Ralph Fletcher's "Funeral," a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.Pair “Funeral” with “We Have Been Friends Together” and ask students to discuss how friendship is portrayed in the two texts. What conflicts do the friends in the two texts face? Do you think the friends will be able to maintain the strength of their friendships in both texts? Why or why not?
Emily Brontë (1818-1848) was an English poet and novelist. While growing up, Brontë spent much of her time creating stories with her siblings, two of whom were also famous authors. In this poem, Emily Brontë uses symbolism to argue that friendship — not love — is everlasting.Pair “Love and Friendship” with “We Have Been Friends Together” to explore the power and strength of friendship. Ask students to discuss how the two poems describe difficult times. How do the poems use figurative language to convey the message that strong friendships can endure difficult times?
In Piri Thomas' short story "Amigo Brothers," two best friends compete against each other in a boxing match.Pair “Amigo Brothers” with “We Have Been Friends Together” to provide students with another example of friendship. How does each text explore the ups and downs that friends often encounter? Why were Tony and Felix able to hold on to their friendship in spite of their fight? Do students think the friendship in “We Have Been Friends Together” will have a similar outcome? Why or why not?
In the informational text "Two Famous Friends," Jean K. Potratz discusses the rocky friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.Pair “We Have Been Friends Together” with “Two Famous Friends” to explore how friendships can have their ups and downs. How do the two friends in the poem compare to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams? What do both texts reveal about the nature of friendship?
In Sandra Cisneros' "My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn," a young girl describes her close friendship with Lucy.Pair “We Have Been Friends Together” with “My Friend Lucy Who Smells Like Corn” and ask students to discuss any shared themes about friendship. How does the friendship described in the poem compare to the narrator and Lucy’s friendship in the short story? How does the poem’s speaker describe conflict between the friends? What would the narrator and Lucy do if they had a conflict? What is the best way to resolve a conflict with a close friend?
In "Recognition," two neighbors become friends during the COVID-19 pandemic but struggle to stay connected amid the ongoing New York City lockdown.Pair “We Have Been Friends Together” with “Recognition” and ask students to discuss the themes of friendship in both texts. What connection does the narrator in “Recognition” feel for Mirta and vice versa? How is the line “Shall a light word part us now?” apply to what happens in the short story?
In "Southpaw" two friends argue over whether girls should be allowed to play on a baseball team.Pair “We Have Been Friends Together” with “Southpaw” and ask students to discuss how the theme of friendship is discussed in both texts. How does the speaker in the poem describe how friendships are impacted? How is the friendship in the poem impacted in similar ways to Richard and Janet’s friendship in “Southpaw”? How do the authors in both the text and poem portray the friendships by the end of the text? What statement are they trying to make? Should friendships expect to experience conflict? Why or why not?
In "The Stain on the Cafeteria Floor," two friends discover a mysterious stain on the floor of their school cafeteria.Pair “We Have Been Friends Together” with “The Stain on the Cafeteria Floor” and ask students to discuss how friendship is portrayed in the two texts. How does the friendship described in the poem compare to Malia and Janet’s friendship? What conflicts do the friends in the two texts face? What is the best way to resolve a conflict with a close friend?