by Jessica McBirney
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 “How the News Media Works” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the power that big corporations can have over the public. How might biased news inspire dystopian fiction? What would this dystopian world look like?
Conflicting News Reports on the Fate of the Sinking Titanic
- Various Authors
These excerpts from two different newspapers were both written about the Titanic the day it sank, but report very inaccurate information about what happened.Pair “Conflicting News Reports on the Fate of the Sinking Titanic” with “How the News Media Works” to provide students with an example in which two news sources gave contradicting information. Based on the article about the Titanic, why is it important to read multiple news sources? How would the public have been impacted if they only read one of the news articles?
TURMOIL IN CHINA; In Shanghai, Protesters Turn Defiant
- Richard Bernstein
In the news article “TURMOIL IN CHINA; In Shanghai, Protesters Turn Defiant,” Richard Bernstein discusses the 1989 protests in Shanghai following the government’s violent actions in Beijing.Pair “TURMOIL IN CHINA; In Shanghai, Protesters Turn Defiant” with “How the News Media Works” and ask students why news outlets might provide different, conflicting information about the same event. How did Shanghai’s news media provide biased information to the public? How were citizens of Shanghai able to acquire reliable information?
- Hayes Davis
In Hayes Davis’ poem “Inundated,” a speaker describes a man’s experience in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.Pair “How the News Media Works” with “Inundated” and ask students to discuss how the media shapes our perception of others. What are some negative effects when the news media misrepresents a person? How is this explored in the poem “Inundated”?
On Twitter, Fake News Has Greater Allure Than Truth Does
- Maria Temming
In the informational text, “On Twitter, Fake News Has Greater Allure Than Truth Does,” Maria Temming discusses a study that shows how false news is shared more often on Twitter than true news.Pair “How the News Media Works” with “On Twitter, Fake News Has Greater Allure Than Truth Does” and ask students to discuss how information is presented in the news media. Do students think biased news is the same as fake news? Why or why not? How has the Internet affected our ability to determine if something is biased or fake?