by Gish Jen
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.
- Amy Tan
In “Fish Cheeks,” which is about a Chinese American girl who feels embarrassed by her family during dinner, Tan explores how culture can be essential to a person’s identity.Pair “Fish Cheeks” with “The White Umbrella” and ask students to discuss how the experiences of Amy Tan and the narrator in “The White Umbrella” compare. When are they embarrassed by their family members and why? How do certain objects in the two stories take on similar symbolic meanings?
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Mothers,” the speaker describes the different ways she has seen her mother throughout her life.Pair “Mothers” with “The White Umbrella” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the relationship between mothers and daughters. How does the speaker's perspective of her mother change in “Mothers”? How does this compare to how the narrator's opinion of her mother evolves in “The White Umbrella”?
- Julio Noboa
In Julio Noboa’s poem “Identity,” a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.Pair “Identity" with “The White Umbrella” and ask students to discuss how the narrator of “The White Umbrella” attempts to be a “flower” rather than a “weed.” What does it mean to accept yourself as you are? How do both texts explore how this can be challenging at times? When does the narrator of “The White Umbrella” begin to accept herself in the story?