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.
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 “Many Younger Facebook Friends ‘Unfriend’ the Network” with “Online Identity” spark an advanced discussion about how technology influences how we interact, and how we think about ourselves.
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 “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online” with “Online Identity” to spark a discussion about social networks. Are the differences we make between our offline and online identities truly differences, or indicative of a complex inner life?
- CommonLit Staff
Can a person have two selves? Beyoncé is also known as Sasha Fierce; Clark Kent, the newspaper reporter, transforms into Superman. The idea that a person can have "another self" is a relatively new concept. This text discusses the nature of alter egos in popular culture, literature, and even comic books.Pair “Alter Egos” with “Online Identity” and ask students to discuss what it means to have more than one self or identity. How is having more than one identity “in real life” different from having more than one identity online? How are they similar?
Human or Machine? A.I. Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'
- Scott Neuman
In 2014, a chatbot named Eugene Goostman fooled a third of human testers into believing it was a real human.Pair “Online Identity” with “Human or Machine? AI Experts Reportedly Pass the ‘Turing Test’” and ask students to discuss how we create identities online. Can this process of creation be one day reversed—taken offline and brought artificially to life?