Paired Texts > The Spooky Science of Fear
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In Brad Robie's short story "Trail into Darkness," a boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.Pair “Trail Into Darkness” with “The Spooky Science of Fear” and ask students to discuss how both texts discuss fear. What scares Luke in “Trail Into Darkness”? What does Luke think, feel, and do when he gets scared? How does “The Spooky Science of Fear” help explain what happens to Luke in “Trail Into Darkness”? Are there any tips you could give Luke from the text “The Spooky Science of Fear”?
In "Sharks," Marie Droual explains many common myths and facts about sharks.Pair “Sharks” with “The Spooky Science of Fear” to have students think about an animal many people are afraid of. Why are people scared of sharks according to “Sharks”? What information does the author of “Sharks” give the reader to help them feel less afraid? In “The Spooky Science of Fear” what does the author say people can do to feel less afraid of something? Do you think the text “Sharks” is helpful to make people less afraid of sharks? Why or why not?
In the informational text "Why Do We Sleep?" Trudee Romanek explains how sleep keeps the body healthy.Pair “Why Do We Sleep?” with “The Spooky Science of Fear” and ask students to discuss how both texts teach us about our brains. What do our brains do while we sleep according to “Why Do We Sleep?”? How does sleep help us? What do our brains do when we are afraid according to “The Spooky Science of Fear”? What effects does fear have on our brain? How do both texts use science to teach about our brains?
In "Don't Fear the Bermuda Triangle," Kathryn Hulick explains how, thanks to statistics, we can see that the Bermuda Triangle is just a myth.Pair “The Spooky Science of Fear” with “Don’t Fear the Bermuda Triangle” and have students think about how both texts provide explanations about fear. According to Dr. Margee Kerr, why do some people like to feel scared in “The Spooky Science of Fear”? According to Kathryn Hulick, why do some people think the Bermuda Triangle is something to be feared in “Don’t Fear the Bermuda Triangle”? How do both authors use science and math to support their arguments about fear?
In "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" a speaker talks about how they bravely face their fears.Pair “The Spooky Science of Fear” with “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” and ask students to compare the ways fears are faced in both texts. How does the author in “The Spooky Science of Fear” talk about facing fear? How does the speaker in “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” face their fear? What advice might the author of “The Spooky Science of Fear give to the speaker in “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”? Why? Based on both texts, which method of facing fears would work best for you? Why?
In "The Corn Maze," a child's plan to scare their younger brother backfires.Pair “The Spooky Science of Fear” with “The Corn Maze” and ask students to discuss how both texts teach readers about fear. According to “The Spooky Science of Fear,” why do people get scared? What does fear do to people’s bodies? How does the narrator try to use fear to get what they want in “The Corn Maze”? What does the narrator learn by getting scared? How does each text teach readers about fear in different ways?
In "Lost in a Corn Maze," Laurie Wallmark describes how corn mazes became a popular form of fall entertainment today.Pair “The Spooky Science of Fear” with “Lost in a Corn Maze” and have students think about people’s motivations for visiting a corn maze. According to “The Spooky Science of Fear,” why do some people enjoy the feeling of being scared? How does this help explain why people may want to visit a place where they could feel lost and fearful? Do you find the idea of visiting a corn maze more scary or fun? Use the details from “The Spooky Science of Fear” to explain why you may feel this way.
In "Crossing," a boy is sucked into a strange school-crossing sign.Pair “The Spooky Science of Fear” with “Crossing” and ask students to connect the information in the nonfiction text to their experience as readers. Why do some people like getting scared according to “The Spooky Science of Fear”? How does fear affect the human body? Did you notice any changes in your body as you read “Crossing”? Do you like scary stories like “Crossing”? Why or why not?