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.
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
- Audie Cornish
This interview from NPR's All Things Considered, hosted by Audie Cornish, discusses a recent study’s findings that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.Pair “Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success” with “Life Skills” to compare the results of the study with the information provided in “Life Skills.” Does the study support the ideas presented in the article? Explain your thinking.
Village Schools and Traveling Soldiers
- Arthur Henderson Smith
An American missionary in China describes late 19th century Chinese views on education.Pair “Village Schools and Traveling Soldier” with “Life Skills” to compare the common themes. What do both texts suggest about formal education? Is it important for school leaders to consider preparing students with skills that may not be academic? Why or why not?
Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
- Tori Rodriguez
In the informational text “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems,” Tori Rodriguez discusses how missing even an hour of sleep can have an effect on teens’ mental health.Pair “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems” with “Life Skills” and ask students to discuss the relationship between sleep and independence. Why does a lack of sleep impact teenagers’ mental health? How can a lack of sleep impact a person’s ability to develop life skills? How is caring for our bodies connected to our independence?