by Rebecca Hersher
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.
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 “How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies” and ask students to compare the effects that dishonest behavior can have on the brain. How does getting away with a lie compare to getting away with cheating? Do students think it produces the same “high”? How do both studies explore ways in which immoral behavior can lead to more serious forms of misconduct?
- Saul McLeod
In this article, McLeod discusses classical conditioning, a way of changing a person’s behavior by exposing them to different experiences, and experiments carried out using this method. One 1920 experiment showed that classical conditioning can be used to create a phobia, not only in animals but potentially in humans as well.Pair “Classical Conditioning” with “How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies” and ask students to discuss how classical conditioning could apply to one’s willingness to lie. How does the reward or consequence of a lie impact a person’s desire to lie in the future?
The Destinies of Two Men Who Share One Name
- Melissa Block and Michele Norris
In this informational text, the topics of destiny and fate are explored when two men with similar backgrounds and the same name find themselves to be in two very different places in life.Pair “The Destinies of Two Men Who Share One Name” with “How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies” and ask students to discuss how Wes Moore’s misconduct escalated throughout his life. How do the reasons for Moore’s actions compare to the explanation provided for why small lies lead to big lies?