by Set to Go
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.
More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study
- ABC News
- November 8, 2011
Matthew Brashears, a Cornell sociologist, conducted a study that suggested social networks may not be fulfilling our deeper social needs.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “Help-Giving” and ask students to compare social media friendships with traditional friendships. Is social media making us redefine friendship? Does social media help or hinder teens as they become more responsible for helping their friends during challenging times? Use evidence from both texts to explain your thinking.
Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others
- Kendra Cherry
In the informational text “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others,” Kendra Cherry discusses various theories for why humans act altruistically.Pair “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others” with “Help-Giving” and ask students to discuss the relationship between altruism and life skills. How do people develop altruism? How does helping those we don’t know compare to helping those we do? Why do humans choose to help others? Explain your thinking using evidence from both texts.