by Molly McGinnis
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.
- Gwendolyn Brooks
In Gwendolyn Brooks’ short story “Home,” a family may be forced to leave their home.Pair “Home” with “Window Seat” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore what a home is. How do the depictions of home in the two texts compare? How do the forms of the two texts contribute to their exploration of the theme?
- Molly McGinnis
In Molly McGinnis’ poem “Joy,” a speaker describes various things that bring them happiness.Pair “Joy” with “Window Seat” and ask students to compare the themes that Molly McGinnis explores in the two poems. How does McGinnis’ use of figurative language contribute to the overall themes of her two poems?
- Naomi Shihab Nye
In Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Gate A-4,” a speaker offers comfort to a distressed woman by speaking with her in Arabic before a flight.Pair “Window Seat” with “Gate A-4” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore the experiences of flying and interacting with strangers. How do students think the speaker’s hesitance to admit they speak Arabic in “Gate A-4” compares to the man’s request to pray in “Window Seat”? How do both poems explore the idea of reaching out to strangers?
- Molly McGinnis
In Molly McGinnis’ poem “Riyadh, 2000,” a speaker describes a house in the desert and an approaching war.Pair “Window Seat” with “Riyadh, 2000” to provide students with another poem by Molly McGinnis. Ask students to discuss how McGinnis’ experience growing up in Saudi Arabia may have influenced her poetry. How does the house the speaker discusses in “Window Seat” compare to the house in “Riyadh, 2000”?