by Steve Jobs
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.
What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You
- Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
What makes up a person’s identity? Some scientists would say it’s a person’s genes — the traits that are passed down by a person’s mother and father. Other people might say it’s a person’s reputation. In “What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You,” Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., has a different take on what makes a person who they are.Pair “Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Speech” with “What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You” and ask students to reflect on how Jobs’ speech fits Dr. Krauss Whitbourne’s thesis on self-perception and memory. Consider this quote from his speech—“you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards”—when discussing memory and identity.
Letters from Wilbur Wright
- Wilbur Wright
- 1899 to 1903
The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903 four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. These published letters from Wilbur Wright give us insight into the amount of resilience, positivity, and inventiveness it took to succeed.Pair “Letters of Wilbur Wright” with “Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address” to further the discussion exploring the themes of resilience, hard work, and entrepreneurship.
The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
- David White
Learn about how two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane in this biographical text.Pair “Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Speech” with “The Wright Brothers—Air Pioneers” and ask students to discuss the importance of resilience in achieving success. What do Jobs and the Wright brothers have in common that allow them to be so innovative?
The Man in the Arena
- President Theodore Roosevelt
This excerpt, which preaches persistence and proactivity, comes from a speech given by former President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.Pair “The Man in the Arena” speech with “Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Speech” and ask students to compare the language of the two pieces. Do they make use of any of the same literary devices or structural choices? How are the respective authors’ ideas about the attributes or actions that lead to success similar? How do they differ?