by CommonLit Staff
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.
Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to a Better Life?
- Melanie Greenberg
In "Can a Devastating Shark Attack Lead to a Better Life?" a psychologist explores the ways the surfer Bethany Hamilton overcame the trauma of losing her left arm in a shark attack. This informational article outlines concepts like "posttraumatic growth" and "downward comparison."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?
The Bright Side of Sadness
- Bruce Bower
In this article from Science News, author Bruce Bower explores the results of several recent studies suggesting that feelings of sadness can be beneficial in different aspects of everyday life.Pair “Coping Mechanisms” with “The Bright Side of Sadness” and have students discuss the positive benefits of negative emotions. In what situations can we transform negative moods and situations into positive actions and outcomes? What role do coping mechanisms have in this?
Depression, The Secret We Share
- Andrew Solomon
In the speech “Depression, The Secret We Share,” Andrew Solomon describes his experiences with depression and why some people are more resilient with the illness than others.Pair “Coping Mechanisms” with “Depression, The Secret We Share” and ask students to discuss how adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms are explored in Andrew Solomon’s speech. How do adaptive coping mechanisms contribute to the resilience that Solomon discusses? How do maladaptive coping mechanisms negatively contribute to a person’s depression?