Paired Texts > Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
by CommonLit Staff
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.
The 1972 Andes Flight DisasterCommonLit Staff
In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the remote Andes mountains, forcing the young men to resort to dire measures to survive. Instead of resigning to starvation (and perhaps, listening to their superego), they chose to engage in cannibalism.Pair “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” with “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” in order to help students analyze the motivations and behaviors of the plane crash survivors during their time stuck in the Andes.
Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego, and SuperegoCommonLit Staff
The famous psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the father of psychotherapy, is credited with the development of the idea of the subconscious: the deepest layer of the human mind, said to be the place where memories, wishes, fears, and dreams are stored. This famous theory, as explored in this text, posits that humans are controlled by their unconscious mind.Pair “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” with “Freud’s Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego,” and ask students to compare these psychological perspectives. How can each theory help us evaluate human behavior?
Food DesertsJessica McBirney
"Food Deserts" explains the consequences of living in food deserts and presents possible solutions to this national problem.Pair “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” with “Food Deserts” and ask students to consider how Maslow’s hierarchy impacts the way people make choices regarding healthy eating. Ask students to consider how a person’s consumption choices could be influenced by both their most basic survival instincts as well as their community. How might different factors shape how a person eats?
The Star BeastNicholas Stuart Gray
In "The Star Beast," an alien creature lands on Earth and experiences mistreatment and degradation from humans.Pair “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” with “The Star Beast” and ask students to discuss the needs that the creature has met and not met. Are the needs met in the beginning of the story also provided for throughout the story? Why or why not? What is the result of the creature not having various needs met? What do students think the creature is looking for when it finally escapes in the end?