by Daniel Beaty
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.
Mother to Son
- Langston Hughes
In “Mother to Son,” a mother utilizes metaphor to communicate the struggles she's faced and the importance of perseverance to her son.Pair “Mother to Son” with “Dance Mama Dance” and ask student to discuss the similar themes of the two poems. What do the two poems reveal about the experiences of mothers? How do the differing perspectives impact the reader’s understanding of mothers’ experiences?
- Daniel Beaty
In Daniel Beaty’s poem “Knock Knock,” the speaker describes his relationship with his father and how he is impacted by his eventual absence.Pair “Knock Knock” with “Dance Mama Dance” and ask students to compare the similar themes and styles of these two poems. In your opinion, what is Daniel Beaty attempting to accomplish through his poetry?
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Mothers,” the speaker describes the different ways she has seen her mother throughout her life.Pair “Dance Mama Dance” with “Mothers” and ask students to discuss how the speakers depict mothers. Compare how the mothers are described in each poem. What impact do the mothers have on the speakers? How are the difficulties of life reflected in each poem?
- William Waring Cuney
In William Waring Cuney’s poem “No Images,” a speaker describes a beautiful woman.Pair “Dance Mama Dance” with “No Images” and ask students to discuss how the speaker portrays the women in the two texts. How does the social status impact the two women? When do the speakers of the two poems find the women most beautiful and why? How do the difficulties of life impact the women’s perceptions of themselves?
Dreams and Musical Feet
- Daniel A. Kelin, II
In the informational text “Dream and Musical Feet,” Daniel A. Kelin, II discusses the young and talented Bharata
- Louise Erdrich
In Louise Erdrich’s short story “The Leap,” a narrator describes the life and important experiences of their mother, a retired trapeze performer.Pair “Dance Mama Dance” with “The Leap” and ask students to compare how the speakers of the two texts describe their mothers. What characteristics do the speakers emphasize about their mothers? What kind of sacrifices did the mothers make for their children in the two texts? How were these sacrifices motivated by love? What tones do the speakers use in the two texts when discussing their mothers’ sacrifices?