by T.J. Resler
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 power of 'like'Alison Pearce Stevens
In the informational text "The power of 'like,'" Alison Pearce Stevens discusses how posts and "likes" on social media have the power to influence others.Pair “The Power of ‘Like’” with “Upswing” and ask students to discuss the common ideas present in each text. How similar is Coach Carson’s response to Rateez results to how a social media site responds to likes on a post? Based on the studies shown in the article, do students think the ratings for the baseball players were accurate or reliable? Why or why not? Did the characters in “Upswing” begin to exhibit a loss of self-control or participate in risky behavior?
Fear Prompts Teens to Act ImpulsivelyLaura Sanders
In "Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively," Laura Sanders explores the psychology and biology behind why rebellious behavior peaks during the teen years.Pair “Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively” with “Upswing” and ask students to discuss whether or not the Rateez app is a good idea in a high school. Based on the article, how do students think the characters in “Upswing” may have begun to participate in more negative behaviors to gain ratings? Could it have led to violence at school? Why or why not?
Old Games, New TerritoryKhat Patrong
In "Old Games, New Territory," a young basketball player begins a new life in Florida after his father dies.Pair “Upswing” with “Old Games, New Territory” and ask students to discuss the themes in each text. What significant changes do the main characters in both stories face in their lives? If A.J. and Rashid could have a conversation about what is most important in sports, what do you think they would say?