by Alison Pearce Stevens
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.
Fear Prompts Teens to Act ImpulsivelyLaura Sanders
In "Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively," Laura Sanders explores the psychology and biology behind why rebellious behavior peaks during the teen years.Pair “Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively” with “Stress for Success” and ask students to compare the ways stress can be both beneficial and harmful for young people.
The Tell-Tale HeartEdgar Allan Poe
In this classic, suspenseful story about guilt, a man is driven mad by the heartbeat of the man he murdered.Pair “The Tell-Tale Heart” with “Stress for Success” and ask students to consider how Poe uses fiction to bring the powerful emotion of fear to life. According to Poe, is stress more harmful or beneficial? How does the science in “Stress for Success” help support the themes of “The Tell-Tale Heart”?
The Three Little PigsJoseph Jacobs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.Pair “The Three Little Pigs” with “Stress for Success” and ask students to compare the themes and messages of the two pieces. How do they build upon and inform one another in terms of the question of how fear, stress, or pressure can motivate people? Do you think the two pieces agree with each other? In the fable, how are the actions of the third pig described? Is he able to escape the fate of the others by being cool and rational, or is his success due in some part to his anxiety about the danger the wolf presents? How might “Stress for Success” help you to better understand this or any other part of the fable?
To Fly Like the Hawk and the EagleIris Whitney
In the informational text "To Fly Like the Hawk and the Eagle," Iris Whitney recounts her first time flying in a sailplane.Pair “Stress for Success” with “To Fly Like the Hawk and the Eagle” and ask students to discuss whether Iris Whitney was experiencing fear or anxiety at the beginning of her flight. Do students think that Whitney should have avoided this experience because of the potential stress it caused her? Why or why not?
Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International ServiceJohn F. Kennedy
In "Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service," Kennedy addresses students of the University of Michigan on how they can contribute to their country.Pair “Stress for Success” with “Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service" and ask students to discuss how Kennedy’s request for students to volunteer abroad could put them in a situation where they are exposed to stress that helps them grow. What kind of stress do students think volunteers working abroad would encounter? How might this help develop their character?
Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving undergroundSarita Robinson
In the informational text "Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground," Sarita Robinson discusses how people can be physically and psychologically affected by a life-threatening incident.Pair “Stress for Success” with “Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground” to provide students with more information about the physiological and psychological impacts of stress. How does the body react to stress both physically and mentally? When can this be useful? When can this become harmful? How do students think these processes might have applied to the boys and their coach who were in the very stressful situation of being trapped in the cave?
The Use of ForceWilliam Carlos Williams
A doctor pays a visit to the house of a sick young girl.Pair “Stress for Success” with “The Use of Force” to provide students with more information about stress. Ask students to discuss the level of stress Mathilda experiences in the story. Is it a mountain or a molehill? Do students think that Mathilda was in a state of fight-or-flight? Why or why not? Do students think Mathilda could have changed her mindset towards her illness? How?