by Mike Myatt
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.
Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed
- Barbara Ehrenreich
In “Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed,” author Barbara Ehrenreich talks about the first steps and early struggles in her social experiment.Pair “Life Isn’t Fair — Deal with It” with “Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed” and ask students to discuss the positions of both texts. How does each author support their arguments?
The American Electoral Process
- Mike Kubic
This article discusses the convoluted and problematic means by which American citizens help select their president.Pair “The American Electoral Process” with “Life Isn’t Fair — Deal With It” and have students think about the meaning of justice and whether it is attainable. Is it possible for the government or any other entity to create a truly “fair” society? Is Myatt’s argument logical and pragmatic, or does it ignore real manifestations of inequality that may be fixed through reform, such as those presented in “The American Electoral Process?”
- Shirley Jackson
In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” an entire town participates in a ritual that turns surprisingly sinister.Pair “Life Isn’t Fair — Deal with It” with “The Lottery” and ask students to discuss whether what happened to Mrs. Hutchinson was fair. Did she have any control over what happened to her? How do you think Mrs. Hutchinson would respond to Mike Myatt’s claims about life and what is fair?