by Dorothy L. Espelage
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.
When Good People Do Bad Things
- Ann Trafton
Rebecca Saxe, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at MIT, conducted an experiment to study the way people behave in groups. This article explores the study's findings, and what they can teach us about the science behind mob brutality.Pair “When Good People Do Bad Things” with “Bullying in Early Adolescence” and ask students to discuss what they believe to be the main motivations for bullying and other hurtful, aggressive behaviors based on the conclusions of each text.
On Turning Ten
- Billy Collins
Billy Collins (b. 1941) is an award-winning American poet who writes about everyday occurrences to express the deeper meaning of life. In this poem, the speaker reflects on his youth with longing.Pair “On Turning Ten” with “Bullying in Early Adolescence” and ask students to discuss how the transition described in the poem may be reflected in this informational text. How does the tone of the poem capture the stresses and feelings described by this research review? Discuss how literature and poetry can help inform social science perspectives about contemporary issues.
Students’ Work Ethic Affected by Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular
- Shankar Vedantam
The text, transcribed from an original NPR interview segment, reports on the social pressure students feel to be popular in school as well as new research suggesting that among teens, peer pressure and popularity can have significant effects on education.Pair “Students’ Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular” with “Bullying in Early Adolescence” and ask students to consider how people identify a peer group. Students can reflect on how peer groups have affected their choices moving through middle school and high school.