by Henry Slesar
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.
Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.Pair “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction” with “Examination Day” and ask students to discuss what makes a fictional world qualify as a dystopia. Do students consider “Examination Day” to be dystopian fiction? Why or why not? What about the society in “Examination Day” is distorted to reveal a deeper message?
- Ray Bradbury
In Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt,” Mr. and Mrs. Hadley become concerned when they realize how dependent their children are on the technology in their futuristic home.Pair “The Veldt” with “Examination Day” to provide students with another dark science fiction story. Ask students to discuss how each story depicts the future. How does the story use the genre of science fiction to explore themes that are relevant today? Could the events of either story occur in our future? Why or why not?
Was Einstein a Space Alien?
- NASA Science News
The informational text “Was Einstein a Space Alien?” discusses Albert Einstein’s numerous and impressive discoveries, specifically his discovery regarding the composition of light.Pair “Was Einstein a Space Alien?” with “Examination Day” and ask students to discuss Einstein’s personality traits. How might these traits have been a reason for the government in “Examination Day” to fear intelligent people? How did this same traits lead to Einstein making scientific advancements before other people? How is Einstein’s view of himself similar to Dickie’s view of himself? Does either consider themselves to be more intelligent than anyone else?