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.
Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain
- Jon Hamilton
In the informational text “Orphans’ Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape a Child’s Brain,” Jon Hamilton explains how the neglect children experience in orphanages can impact their brain development.Pair “Orphans’ Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape a Child’s Brain” with “Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the important roles that parents play in their children’s lives. How does the informational text discuss how parents contribute to the mental development of their children? Do you think offering children encouragement and praise is an important part of mental development? Why or why not?
In My Mom's Shoes
- Kat Chow
Kat Chow’s “In My Mom’s Shoes,” reflects on Chow losing her mother and the experience of walking in an old pair of her shoes.Pair “In My Mom’s Shoes” with “Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the loss of a parent. What memories does Kat Chow share about her mother in “In My Mom’s Shoes”? How does this compare to the memory the speaker shares in “Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park”? How do these memories help readers develop an understand of the speakers’ parents and what they have lost?
- Hayes Davis
In Hayes Davis’ poem “Nursing Home,” a speaker visits their grandmother, who struggles with her memory, at a nursing home.Pair “Nursing Home” with “Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park” to provide students with another example of Hayes Davis’s poetry. Ask students to discuss what similar themes the speakers explore in the two poems. How do the speakers describe their relationships with family members in the two poems?