Paired Texts – We Wear the Mask and I’m Nobody!


Guide students through their reading of rigorous texts and help them complete close readings of two poems: “We Wear the Mask” by pre- Harlem Renaissance poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” by Emily Dickinson. Then facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the poems.



In addition to the printable lesson, this resource may be used for distance learning with EASEL by TpT.


The lesson engages students with an icebreaker opening game of “Two Truths and a Lie” and culminates in a writing task that imitates the style of a standardized assessment. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.

This 20-page “Paired Passages” product includes the following:

  • explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
  • pre-reading guide and sample annotation passage
  • poem texts
  • rereading strategy handout
  • literature web
  • poetry analysis graphic organizer
  • Venn diagram
  • literary analysis prompt
  • short literary analysis essay rubric
  • answer key (includes detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay)

With its detailed instructions and samples, this resource would make an excellent lesson for a substitute if you will be out for a couple of days.

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