by Ashley Yeager
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.
Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive
- Kathiann Kowalski
Dr. James Roberts is marketing professor and the author of a study about cell phone addiction that appeared in the August 2014 Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Here, Kathiann Kowalski of Science News for Students covers the results of his study: too much dependence on your smartphone isn't smart.Pair “Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive” with “Evening Screen Time Can Sabotage Sleep” and ask students to discuss people’s excessive use of electronic devices. Do students think that technology addiction could be driving people to use their devices when they shouldn’t? If people knew that using electronic devices before bed negatively impacted their sleep, do students think they would stop? Why or why not?
Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
- Tori Rodriguez
In the informational text “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems,” Tori Rodriguez discusses how missing even an hour of sleep can have an effect on teens’ mental health.Pair “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health” with “Evening Screen Time Can Sabotage Sleep” and ask students to discuss the importance of sleep. Do students think that teenagers spend more time on their devices before bed than other age groups? Why are the costs of not getting a good night’s sleep more serious for teenagers?
The Story Behind Your Dreams
- Ben Slivnick
In the informational text, “They Story Behind Your Dreams,” Ben Slivnick discusses the various theories scientists have for why we dream.Pair “Evening Screen Time Can Sabotage Sleep” with “The Story Behind Your Dreams” and ask students to discuss what affects humans’ sleep. How do students think screen time before bed could impact a person’s dreams? Ask students to discuss a time when they spent a significant time staring at a screen before bed. How did it affect their sleep?
- Set to Go
The informational text, “Self-Care” describes some self-care strategies and their benefits on physical and mental health.Pair “Evening Screen Time Can Sabotage Sleep” with “Self Care” to provide students with information about one reason why many people don’t get enough sleep. Ask students to discuss whether they have personal experience with screens interfering with sleep. Based on the information in both articles, how might screen time be interfering with self-care? Why is that important to their mental and physical health?