by Carl Sandburg
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 the people, the mob
- Carl Sandburg
In “I am the people, the mob,” Carl Sandburg showcases the power of collective protest to incite change.Pair “I am the people, the mob” with “Wilderness” and ask students to discuss how Sandburg explores the diversity of human experiences in these two texts. What literary devices does he use to emphasize this diversity? How do the style and tone of these two Sandburg poems compare?
The Law of Life
- Jack London
An old man is left behind by his tribe to die of exposure. As he prepares for death, he reflects on a life spent fighting nature's brutal forces.Pair “The Law of Life” with “Wilderness” and ask students to discuss the interaction between humans and nature in the two pieces. Does one appear to be more in control than the other? How does this influence the tone of the two texts?
- Carl Sandburg
This short “American Haiku” examines fog over Chicago.Pair “Fog” with “Wilderness” and ask students to discuss how these two poems by the same author use nature to provoke different feelings. Students should contrast how the subjects of each poem are described using the characteristics of animals and what impact this has on the meaning of each poem.
- Julio Noboa
In Julio Noboa’s poem “Identity,” a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.Pair “Wilderness” with “Identity” and ask students to discuss how the two poems use nature to explore human identity. What do the speakers of the two poems value in themselves? Do students think “wildness” is the same as “freedom”? Why or why not?