by Debra Hess
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.
Queen Esther and Me
- Amalia Hoffman
In Amalia Hoffman’s essay “Queen Esther and Me,” Hoffman explores the origin and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.Pair “Queen Esther and Me” with “Giving Thanks for Hanukkah” to provide students with another example of a Jewish holiday. How do the Jewish holidays discussed in the two texts compare? Do students think that Purim falls on the same day every year? Why or why not?
The Days Have Names
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “The Days Have Names,” a speaker considers why weeks do not have names while other units of time do.Pair “Giving Thanks for Hanukkah” with “The Days Have Names” so that students can explore how people think about and measure the passage of time. Ask students what both texts reveal about what we might take for granted about how we talk about time. Students can discuss why they think different people throughout history have used different methods to measure and mark the passage of time.