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.
The Kohlberg Dilemmas
- Lawrence 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 Exercise
- CommonLit Staff
In this article, students can learn about the well-known experiment from the 1960s that was used to teach young children about prejudice.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.
Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good
- Tovia 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.