by ABC News
November 8, 2011
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.
Many Younger Facebook Users 'Unfriend' The Network
- Patti Neighmond
In this article published by NPR, Patti Neighmod of “All Things Considered” interviews a number of individuals who deactivated their Facebook accounts. This article explores the different reasons that people choose to deactivate from Facebook, such as being overwhelmed with too much information and rise of other social media networks including Instagram and Twitter.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “Many Younger Facebook Users ‘Unfriend’ the Network” and ask students to weigh the costs and benefits of social networking sites using evidence from both articles.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
- Laura Sydell
In “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online,” Laura Sydell from NPR’s All Things Considered discusses how social networks can reinforce cliques and biases.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online” to continue the discussion about the costs and benefits of social networking sites. How are social networking sites changing the way we interact? Is there evidence from “Anti-Social Networks” that support the theories in this article?
No Man Is An Island
- John Donne
In “No Man Is an Island,” the speaker explains the interconnectedness of all humankind.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “No Man is an Island” and ask students to consider the ways Donne’s poem connects to our social media-dominated modern world. Are we more “involved in mankind” now, or less?
“Three Types of Friendship” — Excerpt from The Nicomachean Ethics
- Roughly 340 BCE
In the philosophical text “‘Three Types of Friendship’ — Excerpt from The Nicomachean Ethics,” Aristotle describes three types of friendship and their differences.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Few Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “‘Three Types of Friendship’ — Excerpt from The Nicomachean Ethics” and ask students to discuss how social media has affected the types of friendship people can form. Which of Aristotle’s types of friendship do students think people are more likely to develop online? Why? Do you think that Aristotle would view online friendships as quality friendships? Why or why not?
What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace
- Brent Staples
In the informational text “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace,” Brent Staples discusses how teenagers today are impacted by their Internet usage.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the negative impact that the Internet has on social relations. Ask students to discuss whether or not they have developed quality relationships online. Are they similar to the relationships they have developed in person? Why or why not?
- Set to Go
The informational text “Help Giving” explains the importance of help-giving as a responsibility and a necessary life skill.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “Help-Giving” and ask students to compare social media friendships with traditional friendships. Is social media making us redefine friendship? Does social media help or hinder teens as they become more responsible for helping their friends during challenging times? Use evidence from both texts to explain your thinking.