by Dr. Carl Pickhardt
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.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
- William Shakespeare
- c. 1593
In these excerpts from Shakespeare's famed drama Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.Pair “Romeo & Juliet” with “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush” to spark an in-depth discussion about the nature of the love between Romeo and Juliet.
Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence
- Dr. Carl Pickhardt
In “Rebel with a Cause,” Dr. Carl Pickhardt uses a psychologist’s perspective to examine rebellion during adolescence.Pair these texts to discuss the role of adolescence in forming a person’s identity. How important is this stage in a person’s life? How does adolescence shape who we are?
Would You Marry a Stranger?
- Jessica McBirney
This text provides an overview of arranged marriage today, including the cultural and historical trends that have influenced the practice.Pair these two texts have students compare crushes and being in love. Can the two overlap? How does once tell the difference between the two? Are there other variations of love that Dr. Pickhardt is missing in his article?
- Pablo Neruda
In this poem, a speaker uses figurative language to describe the exceptional qualities of their love.Pair “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush” with “Sonnet XVII” and ask students to evaluate Neruda’s love based on the informational text. How would Dr. Pickhardt characterize Neruda’s love? Is this true love or merely an infatuation?
Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?
- James Kuzner
In the informational text “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” James Kuzner discusses the existence of love at first sight.Pair “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush” with “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” to provide students with information about the different types of love. Does the author of “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush” portray romantic and identity crushes as being a type of true love? Do students think that teenagers are more likely to experience a less genuine love at first sight? Why or why not?