by Dr. Carl Pickhardt
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.
Adolescence and the Teenage Crush
- Dr. Carl Pickhardt
In his article, “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush,” Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between different types of teenage crushes. According to his analysis, having a crush on someone is a normal part of adolescence.Pair these texts to discuss the role of adolescence in forming a person’s identity. How important is this stage in a person’s life? How does adolescence shape who we are?
The Lost Generation
- Mike Kubic
“The Lost Generation” describes the political and social climate of a period of American history in which numerous highly celebrated authors and artists from the United States grew disillusioned with and disavowed their home country.Pair “The Lost Generation” with “Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence” and ask students to compare the perspective on rebellion in young people set forth in each text. How does a psychological take on the issue affect your understanding of the behavior of the literary heroes described in the former text? Do you think the cultural moment was extraordinary for its fostering of intense disillusionment among young Americans, or can the urge to rebel against traditional American values and ideology be explained by psychology?
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 “Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence” with “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace” and ask students to discuss how the two texts portray teenagers. Why do students think the effects of the Internet are more concerning during adolescence? In what ways could the Internet aid teenagers in their rebellion? Ask students to discuss whether or not this is cause for concern.