by Sarita Robinson
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.
The New Survivors
- Pamela Weintraub
In this article from Psychology Today, the author examines the attitudes and mindsets of cancer survivors.Pair “The New Survivors” with “Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground” and ask students to discuss the connection between physical challenges and psychological strength. How can being mentally tough help you survive? In the informational text “The New Survivors,” the author discusses the importance of hope. Do students think that boys in the cave stayed hopeful? How might this have helped them survive?
Stress for Success
- Alison Pearce Stevens
In this article, Science News for Students explores the ways that stress can be both harmful and helpful in our daily lives.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?
How Resilience Works
- Diane Coutu
In Diane Coutu’s “How Resilience Works,” Coutu discusses the three main traits of resilience and the role that resilience plays in success and survival.Pair “How Resilience Works” with “Thai Cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground” and ask students to discuss how people remain resilient following trauma or tragedy. Why can it be difficult for some people to be resilient after suffering through something difficult? How is this explored in “Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground”? Why will it be important for the boys to strive to be resilient following this traumatic ordeal?