by Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins
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.
Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?
- Nina Totenberg
“Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?” is a news article that offers insight into the United States’ juvenile criminal justice system, which often provides extreme punishments to adolescents.Pair “Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?” with “Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders” to provide students with additional information about the debate surrounding the sentencing of juveniles. Ask students to discuss how the two texts explore both sides of the debate regarding whether or not juveniles should be sentenced to life without parole. How do both texts explore juvenile offenders’ rehabilitation? When does the author of “Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders” think rehabilitation is not possible for juvenile offenders?
Experts Link Teen Brains' Immaturity, Juvenile Crime
- Malcolm Ritter
In the informational text “Experts Link Teen Brains’ Immaturity, Juvenile Crime” Malcolm Ritter discusses how the development of the teenage brain could contribute to criminal actions.Pair “Experts Link Teen Brain’s Immaturity, Juvenile Crime” with “Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders” and ask students to discuss why some juveniles commit crimes. How do both texts emphasize the development and growth that juveniles have yet to go through? Does the author of “Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders” think that the actions of her sister’s killer were a result of his young age? What are the chances of this young offender changing as he grows and develops?
- Carl Stoffers
In the informational text “Juvenile Justice,” Carl Stoffers discusses how juvenile offenders could benefit from rehabilitation rather than punishment.Pair “Juvenile Justice” with “Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders” to provide students with additional information about the juvenile justice system. How do both texts explore the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. When does the author of “Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders” think that youths should be tried as adults, rather than be rehabilitated? What problems does the author of “Juvenile Justice” identify with juvenile offenders being charged as adults?