by Elizabeth Blair
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.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
- Laura Sydell
In “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online,” Laura Sydell from NPR’s All Things Considered discusses how social networks can reinforce cliques and biases.Pair “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online” with “Cultural Common Ground Gets Harder to Come By” for students to explore the themes of change and stasis. Are we really moving from a unified culture, or has advancements in technology allowed us to better specialize/personalize our interests and interactions? Is this progress, regress, or simply human nature with a different outfitting?
Why Are We Obsessed With Superheroes?
- ABC News
- January 6, 2013
In this article, Wright proposes that our obsession with superheroes is based in America’s evolving “social needs” and how well these superhuman characters adapt. Certainly, comic superheroes have gained tremendous new popularity in recent years.Pair “Why Are We Obsessed with Superheroes?” with “Cultural Common Ground Gets Harder to Come By” as a segue for students to talk about current popular culture and the changing social needs of the United States. Are superheroes our new common cultural ground, or are the increasing superhero-inspired media fracturing us further?
The Golden Age of MTV — And Yes, There Was One by NPR Staff
- NPR Staff
In the informational text, “The Golden Age of MTV – And Yes, There Was One,” NPR discusses MTV’s evolution and its period of peak popularity.Pair “Cultural Common Ground Harder to Come By” with “The Golden Age of MTV – And Yes, There Was One” and ask students to discuss how television has changed since MTV’s golden age. How were MTV’s choices more limited in its early years? Why do students think MTV began to offer more diversity in its artists and shows? How has MTV’S diverse programming impacted the network and its audience?