Paired Texts > When to Eat Pan Dulce... / Cuándo se Come Pan Dulce...
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 "The Stolen Smell," a boy named Pepe must find a clever way to get out of trouble.Pair “The Stolen Smell” with “When to Eat Pan Dulce…” and ask students to discuss the importance of food in the two texts. Why does Pepe get into trouble in “The Stolen Smell”? How does the speaker feel about their grandmother’s bread in “When to Eat Pan Dulce…”? How do the two texts show that food can be very special?
In "Sweetened Condensed Milk," a young boy visits his childhood home in Trinidad and connects with his family and culture.Pair “Sweetened Condensed Milk” with “When to Eat Pan Dulce…” and ask students to discuss how food can connect people to each other or to places. Why is sweetened condensed milk special to Ishmael in “Sweetened Condensed Milk”? Why is the speaker’s grandmother’s bread special to them in “When to Eat Pan Dulce…”? How do the foods in both texts connect people to other people or places?
In "On the Day of the Dead," the speaker's family visits the grave of their grandfather who passed away.Pair “On the Day of the Dead” with “When to Eat Pan Dulce…” and ask students to compare the poems by René Saldaña, Jr. What is “On the Day of the Dead” mostly about? What is “When to Eat Pan Dulce…” mostly about? How are these two poems by René Saldaña, Jr. alike? What makes them different?
In "One Week Wonder," Rebecca van der Ham explains how jellybeans are made.Pair “When To Eat Pan Dulce... / Cuándo Se Come Pan Dulce…” with “One Week Wonder” and ask students to compare these two texts about sweets. What makes pan dulce special to the speaker in “When To Eat Pan Dulce... / Cuándo Se Come Pan Dulce…”? What makes jellybeans special to the author of “One Week Wonder”? How do both texts help readers think about the special connection between people and certain foods?