by Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.
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 Land of Story-Books
- Robert Louis Stevenson
In this poem, Robert Louis Stevenson showcases his whimsical writing of children’s literature. The narrator—a young child—describes his or her immersion in imaginative play, taking the reader along for the journey.Pair "The Land of Storybooks" with "The Role Reverser" and ask students to compare the way that Robert Louis Stevenson describes childhood with Dr. Jantz's points.
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
- Audie Cornish
This interview from NPR's All Things Considered, hosted by Audie Cornish, discusses a recent study’s findings that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.Pair “The Role Reverser” with “Nice Kids Finish First” and ask students to discuss the pros and cons related to young children developing adult-like behaviors at a young age. Is it better to develop adult-like behaviors early on, or should children be allowed to remain “children”?
Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain
- Jon Hamilton
In the informational text “Orphans’ Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape a Child’s Brain,” Jon Hamilton explains how the neglect children experience in orphanages can impact their brain development.Pair “The Role Reverser” with “Orphans’ Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child’s Brain” and ask students to discuss the importance of healthy relationships between parents and children. How does “The Role Reverser” illustrate other ways in which parents can neglect their children? What do both these texts reveal about the potential of children to recover from neglectful parental relationships?
David's Old Soul
- Nikki Grimes
In Nikki Grimes’s poem “David’s Old Soul,” a speaker describes himself growing up as he takes on more responsibility.Pair “The Role Reverser” with “David’s Old Soul” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore growing up. What can cause kids to grow up faster than they normally would? How does this negatively impact them? Do you think there are any positives to growing up fast? Why or why not?
What Happened Here
- Mikala Rempe
In Mikala Rempe’s poem “What Happened Here,” a speaker describes going hunting with their father as a child.Pair “The Role Reverser” with “What Happened Here” and ask students to discuss the powerful impact that parents can have on their children. What kinds of experiences do students believe cause children to grow up too fast? Do students believe the speaker of “What Happened Here” was aged by the hunting trip? Why or why not?