by David Greene (Host)
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.
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 "Two Finalists Vie to Be Master Chef Junior" with "Nice Kids Finish First" and ask students what skills and attitudes lead to success
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “Cobra Kite,” the author describes watching kites fight in the sky as a young girl.Pair “Cobra Kite” with “Two Finalists Vie to Be ‘Master Chef Junior’” and ask students to discuss how the theme of competitions is explored in the two texts. How does the narrator in “Cobra Kite” compete with others? How does this compare to the competitions that Dara and Alexander engage in? How do students feel about the adults’ reaction to losing the kite to the narrator in “Cobra Kite”?