by Bethany Brookshire
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.
Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So GoodTovia Smith
In her op-ed, "Putting Good Deeds in Headlines May Not Be So Good," Tovia Smith argues that when the media celebrates do-gooders, it creates the idea that the norm is that most people wouldn't do the right thing. This article is a great exercise in argument and supporting argument.Pair "Putting Good Deeds in Headlines May Be Not So Good" with "A Teen and a Trolly Reveal Society's Dark Side" to spark an in-depth discussion about social norms and how people make decisions about right vs. wrong.
The Kohlberg DilemmasLawrence Kohlberg
Lawrence Kohlberg was an American psychologist best known for his theories of moral development. Kohlberg explains there are six distinct stages of human moral development, and that a person may go through these stages throughout his or her life.Pair “A Teen and A Trolley Reveal Society’s Dark Side” with “The Kolhberg Dilemmas” and ask students to compare which each scenario aims to test.
The Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed ExerciseCommonLit Staff
In "The Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Exercise," third grade teacher Jane Elliot conducted a social experiment to teach her students about prejudice and discrimination.Pair “The Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Exercise” with “A Teen and A Trolley Reveals Society’s Dark Side” and ask students to compare the results of these two social science experiments.
Can we teach robots ethics?BBC News
In this informational text, the morality of self-driving cars is discussed.Pair “A Teen and a Trolley Reveal Society’s Dark Side” with “Can we teach robots ethics?” to provide students with an updated take on the “trolley problem.” Ask students to discuss whether or not they think driverless cars would show bias or eliminate bias in traffic scenarios. Is this something that would depend on the bias of the programmer? If so, would that change who is responsible in a driverless car accident? Is preparing the way for driverless cars as simple as creating programs and having the robots learn from situations? Why or why not?
How Do We Tell Right From Wrong?Anne-Marie Reidy
In "How Do We Tell Right from Wrong?" Reidy explains Kohlberg's theory of moral development and the different levels of moral decision making.Pair “A Teen and a Trolley Reveal Society’s Dark Side” with “How Do We Tell Right From Wrong?” and ask students to compare what each scenario aims to test. Ask students to consider how these scenarios help us predict what someone will or will not do in the real world. How reliable are the results to what people ultimately do? Why do we study moral dilemmas?