by Shankar Vedantam
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.
- CommonLit Staff
The drive to conform to group norms is a powerful force in most people’s lives. This informational text about conformity helps explain why people tend to match their beliefs and behaviors to those around them.Pair “Conformity” with the “Students’ Work Ethic Affected by Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular” and ask students to compare each piece’s stance on conformity. Can it be avoided and how?
Why Do People Follow The Crowd?
- ABC News
- January 12, 2006
Dr. Gregory Burns, a professor of behavioral science, conducted several experiments to study why humans readily conform. ABC’s Primetime recreated these experiments using several unsuspecting people.Pair “Why Do People Follow the Crowd” with “Students’ Work Ethic Affected by Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular” and ask students to pay particular attention to the first section.
Bullying in Early Adolescence
- Dorothy L. Espelage
This research article explores the roles that peers play in promoting bullying in adolescence, beyond the role of “bully” and “victim.”Pair “Students’ Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular” with “Bullying in Early Adolescence” and ask students to consider how people identify a peer group. Students can reflect on how peer groups have affected their choices moving through middle school and high school.
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
- Angel B. Pérez
In the informational text “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail,” dean of admissions Angel B. Pérez discusses what colleges are really looking for and offers his surprising take on the importance of failure.Pair “Students Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular” with “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail” and ask students to discuss how the expectations placed on students can affect how they present themselves. How do the reasons why students avoid signing up for SAT prep courses compare to the reasons why students strive for perfection on a college application? What advice do these two texts give students for succeeding in school and beyond?
The power of ‘like’
- Alison Pearce Stevens
In the informational text “The power of ‘like,’” Alison Pearce Stevens discusses how posts and “likes” on social media have the power to influence others.Pair “Students’ Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular” with “The power of ‘like’” and ask students to discuss how teens are affected by the actions of others. How does peer pressure in real life compare to the influence of other people online? Do students think there is any real harm in “liking” a post for the sole reason that it is popular? Why or why not?