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.
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Can a person have two selves? Beyoncé is also known as Sasha Fierce; Clark Kent, the newspaper reporter, transforms into Superman. The idea that a person can have “another self” is a relatively new concept. This text discusses the nature of alter egos in popular culture, literature, and even comic books.Pair “Frank Abagnale” with “Alter Egos” for a fascinating look at a real-life man who used countless alter egos for his own gain. How is Abagnale’s story different from the examples in this text? How is it similar?
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Stanley Tookie Williams III (1953-2005) was a leader of the Crips, an infamous gang that began in Los Angeles in 1969. He spent much of his life in prison. Today, he is well known for the writing that he did while in jail, which included anti-gang activist literature and children’s books. When he was executed in 2005, his death sparked controversy surrounding the death penalty.Pair “Frank Abagnale” with “Stanley Williams” to start a conversation among students about why the outcome for Abagnale was so different than the outcome for Williams.
Is There a Cheater's High?
- Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D.
In this article, Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D., examines people like Frank Abagnale, the con artist, to determine whether or not the act of cheating—and getting away with it—can be a positive motivator.Pair “Is There a Cheater’s High” with “Frank Abagnale” to spark an in-depth discussion about the nature of cheating.
A Retrieved Reformation
- O. Henry
O. Henry was a famous American short story writer known for his twist endings. In “A Retrieved Reformation,” a notorious bank robber and lock-picker marries a prominent woman and tries to escape his past.Pair "Frank Abagnale" with "A Retrieved Reformation" to explore a similar theme of identity and reformation in both fiction and non-fiction.