by Melanie Greenberg
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 New SurvivorsPamela Weintraub
In this article from Psychology Today, the author examines the attitudes and mindsets of cancer survivors.Pair "The New Survivors" with "Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to A Better Life" and ask students to draw conclusions about how people overcome traumatic life events.
Life After SportEmma Vickers
After retirement, high performance athletes are at risk for depression and loss of self-identity. This article explores what can be done to overcome this challenge.Pair these two texts and have students how athletes further refine their identities when they are faced with adversity. Is adversity critical in shaping an identity? Is Bethany Hamilton an athlete or a survivor?
Coping MechanismsCommonLit Staff
In "Coping Mechanisms," the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms.Pair “Coping Mechanisms” with “Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to a Better Life?” to discuss how adversity can have positive benefits. How can traumatic events lead to growth and increased resilience?
How Resilience WorksDiane Coutu
In Diane Coutu's "How Resilience Works," Coutu discusses the three main traits of resilience and the role that resilience plays in success and survival.Pair “Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to a Better Life?” with “How Resilience Works” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore resilience. In what ways do people become stronger or more successful by overcoming adversity?