by Bruce Bower
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.
- c. 335 BCE
In this excerpt from Poetics, Aristotle offers a definition of tragedy, as well as several examples and non-examples of the genre.Pair "Excerpt from Aristotle's Poetics, On Tragedy" with "The Bright Side of Sadness" to spark a discussion about why tragedy is a popular literary genre. What do we gain from reading tragedy?
- CommonLit Staff
In “Coping Mechanisms,” the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms.Pair “Coping Mechanisms” with “The Bright Side of Sadness” and have students discuss the positive benefits of negative emotions. In what situations can we transform negative moods and situations into positive actions and outcomes? What role do coping mechanisms have in this?
The New Era of Positive Psychology
- Martin Seligman
In Martin Seligman’s speech “The New Era of Positive Psychology,” Seligman discusses his contribution to the development of a new field of psychology that focuses on how people can increase their life satisfaction.Pair “The Bright Side of Sadness” with “The New Era of Positive Psychology” and ask students to discuss how the benefits of sadness compare to the benefits of happiness. How do these texts comment on whether or not it’s realistic to be happy all of the time? How does “The Bright Side of Sadness” encourage readers to respond to the ups and downs of life? How do readers think Martin Seligman would respond to the ideas explored in “The Bright Side of Sadness”?