by James Kuzner
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 “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush” with “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” to provide students with information about the different types of love. Does the author of “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush” portray romantic and identity crushes as being a type of true love? Do students think that teenagers are more likely to experience a less genuine love at first sight? Why or why not?
Would You Marry a Stranger?
- Jessica McBirney
This text provides an overview of arranged marriage today, including the cultural and historical trends that have influenced the practice.Pair “Would You Marry a Stranger?” with “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” and ask students to discuss how loving relationships form. Does the author of “Would You Marry a Stranger?” describe arranged marriage as love at first sight? How does she describe love developing between strangers? Do students think that the success of arranged marriages proves that spending time to get to know someone results in a deeper love?
- Pablo Neruda
In this poem, a speaker uses figurative language to describe the exceptional qualities of their love.Pair “Sonnet XVII” with “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” and ask students to discuss how the poem and text explore love. How does “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” discuss how love can develop at surprising times? How does the poem “Sonnet XVII” emphasize how love doesn’t always develop in the way we expect? How does each text show that there isn’t one right way or time to experience love?