by Hayes Davis
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.
- Gary Soto
In Gary Soto’s short story “Seventh Grade,” a boy tries to impress a girl on his first day of seventh grade.Pair “Seventh Grade” with “Etiquette” and ask students to compare the struggles the speaker and Victor face. What goals do the speaker and Victor share? What do they hope for in their futures? What risks does Victor take to overcome his insecurities? Do you feel that the speaker of the poem would be willing to take the same risks?
- Nikki Grimes
In Nikki Grimes’ poem “Jabari Unmasked,” a speaker describes hiding their identity from the world.Pair “Jabari Unmasked” with “Etiquette” and ask students to discuss the insecurities that the speakers in the two poems express. What are they insecure about and why? How do they attempt to hide what they are insecure about from the rest of the world? How do students think society feeds into their insecurities?
The Medicine Bag
- Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
In Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve’s short story “The Medicine Bag,” Martin’s grandpa visits him and passes down a medicine bag to him, an important object in their family.Pair “The Medicine Bag” with “Etiquette” and ask students to discuss what the speakers in the two texts are embarrassed about. How does the narrator in “The Medicine Bag” eventually grow to accept the things he was previously embarrassed about? How does this compare to the speaker’s approach to their insecurities in “Etiquette”? How does this embarrassment negatively impact them in the two texts?