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.
What makes good people do bad things?
- Melissa Dittmann
In this article from the Monitor on Psychology, researcher Melissa Dittmann explores the circumstances that drive people to commit immoral acts.Pair “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” with “What makes good people do bad things?” and ask students to use Dittmann’s article to determine what drove the men to cannibalism. Were they justified in their actions, or merely using justification as a means to commit an unforgiveable act?
The Open Boat
- Stephen Crane
In Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," several men are stranded at sea in a small dinghy. Crane uses vivid imagery to weave a story about survival, brotherhood, death, and the futility of trying to defeat nature's powerful forces.Pair “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” with “The Open Boat” and ask students to compare the similarities in the experiences of the men. How does each text portray nature, and man’s relationship with it?
Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego
- CommonLit Staff
The famous psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the father of psychotherapy, is credited with the development of the idea of the subconscious: the deepest layer of the human mind, said to be the place where memories, wishes, fears, and dreams are stored. This famous theory, as explored in this text, posits that humans are controlled by their unconscious mind.Pair “Freud’s Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego” with “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” and ask students to consider how Freud’s theory would have applied to the inner turmoil experienced by the survivors.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
- CommonLit Staff
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was an American psychologist who wrote extensively about human behavior, motivations, and needs. This passage explores his best known work: the hierarchy of needs.Pair “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” with “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” in order to help students analyze the motivations and behaviors of the plane crash survivors during their time stuck in the Andes.
On a Mountain Trail
- Harry Perry Robinson
In this short story, two men are chased by hungry wolves on a forest mountain trail.Pair “The 1972 Andes Fight Disaster” with “On a Mountain Trail” and ask students to discuss human ingenuity and animalistic instincts when it comes to survival (especially in harsh climates).
Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island
- National Park Service
In “Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island,” this informational text provides insight into the first (failed) English colony in North America.Pair “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” with “Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island” and ask students to compare these two events. While we don’t know the exact details of the Roanoke colony’s fate, it’s safe to assume that they would have faced dire circumstances for survival. What would you do if you were put in either of those situations?
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon
- Jules Verne
In this excerpt from Jules Verne’s novel Five Weeks in a Balloon, three passengers discuss the benefits of traveling by balloon.Pair “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” with “Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon” and ask students to compare Verne’s fantasy of adventure and survival with the reality faced by the plane crash victims. Why do people fantasize about experiencing dangerous adventures? Do you think you would be able to survive in an extreme survival situation? Why or why not?