by Alison Pearce Stevens
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.
Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive
- Kathiann Kowalski
Dr. James Roberts is marketing professor and the author of a study about cell phone addiction that appeared in the August 2014 Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Here, Kathiann Kowalski of Science News for Students covers the results of his study: too much dependence on your smartphone isn't smart.Pair “Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive” with “The Distracted Teenage Brain” and ask students to consider how teens specifically might be more susceptible to the addictive nature of cell phones.
About Treacher Collins Syndrome
- CommonLit Staff
This informational text gives information about the genetic condition, Treacher Collins Syndrome, that effects the main character of Wonder by R. J. Palacio.Pair this informational text about a study on teenage mental behaviors and decision-making with “About Treacher Collins.” Ask students what makes you who you are—your brain, the way other people treat you, your genes, your body?
Teenage Brains Are Malleable And Vulnerable, Researchers Say
- John Hamilton
“Teenage Brains Are Malleable And Vulnerable, Researchers Say” discusses how the teenage brain responds to potential rewards and consequent impacts on decision making.Pair “The Distracted Teenage Brain” with “Teenage Brains Are Malleable And Vulnerable, Researchers Say” and ask students to compare the two article’s opinions on the teenage brain. Do the benefits of the teenage brain outweigh the disadvantages? What role do distractions play in the teenage brain’s drive to obtain rewards?
The Scientific Method
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “The Scientific Method,” Barrett Smith explains the steps and importance of the Scientific Method.Pair “The Distracted Teenage Brain” with “The Scientific Method” and ask students to discuss how the Scientific Method is used to explore behaviors that distract teenagers. What are the independent and dependent variables in the experiment in “The Distracted Teenage Brain”? In what ways do the researcher's findings help them better understand the world?