by Linda Pastan
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.
Why Do People Follow The Crowd?
- ABC News
Dr. Gregory Burns, a professor of behavioral science, conducted several experiments to study why humans readily conform. ABC’s Primetime recreated these experiments using several unsuspecting people.Pair “Faith” with “Why Do People Follow the Crowd?” and ask students to compare and contrast how the two texts explain why people believe what they do. Does the speaker of “Faith” seem to have beliefs that could lead to the “dangerous consequences” mentioned in “Why Do People Follow the Crowd”? Why or why not?
The Faith Cure Man
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this early 20th-century story, a poor mother refuses to give up on her ailing daughter, and turns to a spiritual healer when a doctor tells her there is nothing left to do.Pair “Faith” with “The Faith Cure Man” and ask students to compare and contrast how the characters in the poem and the story view faith and science. How does the mother’s opinion of the relationship between science and religion differ from the speaker of the poem’s opinion?
- Linda Pastan
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker describes a snowstorm.Pair “Faith” with “Blizzard” and ask students to compare and contrast the two poems by the same author. How does Pastan use imagery in both poems to reveal relevant themes about everyday life? How does the poet intentionally structure poems to create meaning?
Raindrops break the speed limit
- Stephen Ornes
In the informational text, “Raindrops break the speed limit,” Stephen Ornes discusses how some raindrops fall faster than scientists predicted they could.Pair “Faith” with “Raindrops break the speed limit” to provide students with a poem about the faith people have in science. In the text, the author discusses how scientists believed small raindrops couldn’t exceed a certain speed while falling. This no longer appears to be the case. How does this text prove that it’s important not to take facts for granted? How do students think the speaker in the poem would react to the knowledge that scientists don’t know why some raindrops fall faster than they should be able to?
- Jason Gurley
In “Quiet Town,” three characters find themselves facing the consequences of rising sea levels.Pair “Faith” with “Quiet Town” to ask students to consider the implications of putting faith in oneself versus science. How is faith depicted in “Quiet Town”? What does the story tell us about people’s attitude toward scientific beliefs? What are the risks of over-believing in one versus the other?