by Gary Soto
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.
'To Be Or Not To Be' Soliloquy
- William Shakespeare
- c. 1599
In this famous soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet contemplates suicide and poses the most important question one can ask: "To be or not to be?"Pair Hamlet's “'To Be or Not To Be' Soliloquy"with Gary Soto’s “The Tempest 4.1.156-8” and have students compare a classic Shakespeare text with a more modern spin on his writing. Then, lead students in a discussion on the theme of death. How does Hamlet face death? How does this compare to Soto’s theme?
- Grace Chua
“ICU” is a poem that explores the difficulty of understanding the loss of a loved one.Pair “ICU” with “The Tempest 4.1.156-8" and have students compare and contrast the styles and tones of these two poems. How does the speaker in Chua's poem perceive death in comparison to the way the speaker in Soto's poem perceives death?
The Taming of the Shrew-Induction 1.12
- Gary Soto
In Gary Soto’s poem “The Taming of the Shrew Induction 1.12,” the speaker discusses what he would do for his love.Pair “The Tempest 4.1.156-8” with “The Taming of the Shrew Induction 1.12” and ask students to compare the tone of Shakespeare’s original line with the tone of Soto’s piece. What similar feelings do Soto’s pieces inspire?