by CommonLit Staff
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
Can a person have two selves? Beyoncé is also known as Sasha Fierce; Clark Kent, the newspaper reporter, transforms into Superman. The idea that a person can have “another self” is a relatively new concept. This text discusses the nature of alter egos in popular culture, literature, and even comic books.Pair “Superman’s Secret Identity” with “Alter Egos” and ask students, why are we so fascinated by people, like Superman, who can transform? Can someone really have more than one identity?
What The New Ms. Marvel Means For Muslims in Comics
- Gene Demby
Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, has gamers, collectors and comic book fans talking. Why? Kamala Khan is Muslim; the old Ms. Marvel was depicted as a blond military pilot. In this blog post from NPR’s CodeSwitch, journalist Gene Demby interviews several Muslim comic book fans and discusses what the new Ms. Marvel means for Muslims in comics.Pair “What the New Ms. Marvel Means for Muslims in Comics” with “Superman’s Secret Identity” and ask students to discuss the history of comics, superheroes, and representation in both.
Why Are We Obsessed With Superheroes?
- ABC News
- January 6, 2013
In this article, Wright proposes that our obsession with superheroes is based in America’s evolving “social needs” and how well these superhuman characters adapt. Certainly, comic superheroes have gained tremendous new popularity in recent years.Pair “Why Are We Obsessed with Superheroes” with “Superman’s Secret Identity” and ask students to discuss what roles superheroes play in our culture. What do they represent?