by James Harvey Robinson
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.
- CommonLit Staff
“Herd Behavior” describes how individuals change when they are part of a crowd.Pair “Herd Behavior” with “On Various Kinds of Thinking” to dive deeper into James Harvey Robinson’s discussion of herd behavior. How do the details revealed in “Herd Behavior” translate to Robinson’s piece? How do the two texts portray herd behavior?
Excerpt from "Self Reliance"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this excerpt, American author and philosopher Emerson expounds his Transcendentalist beliefs about individuality and nonconformity.Pair the excerpt from “Self Reliance” with “On Various Kinds of Thinking” and ask students to compare the two authors’ opinions on pursuing knowledge. Do they share similar values? How do their beliefs differ?
The Selective Laziness of Human Reasoning
- Tania Lombrozo for NPR
In the informational text “The Selective Laziness Of Human Reasoning,” Tania Lombrozo discusses why humans are biased towards their own opinions.Pair “The Selective Laziness Of Human Reasoning” with “On Various Kinds of Thinking” to compare the arguments of each author. Considering each argument, what do these two texts have in common? What evidence from “The Selective Laziness Of Human Reasoning” might support James Harvey Robinson’s argument?