by ABC News
January 6, 2013
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.
Superman's Secret Identity
- CommonLit Staff
In the Superman comic book series, Clark Kent is a newspaper reporter who transforms into Superman. This article explores the nature of secret identities in the context of the famous superhero.Pair “Why Are We Obsessed with Superheroes” with “Superman’s Secret Identity” and ask students to discuss what roles superheroes play in our culture. What do they represent?
Cultural Common Ground Gets Harder To Come By
- Elizabeth Blair
In this article from NPR's All Things Considered, Elizabeth Blair explores the changing scope of American culture. In an earlier time, Americans had fewer choices of what to watch or listen to on television. But now, in a world with infinite choices, some believe that finding common ground with one’s neighbor is becoming more and more difficult.Pair “Why Are We Obsessed with Superheroes?” with “Cultural Common Ground Gets Harder to Come By” as a segue for students to talk about current popular culture and the changing social needs of the United States. Are superheroes our new common cultural ground, or are the increasing superhero-inspired media fracturing us further?
What The New Ms. Marvel Means For Muslims in Comics
- Gene Demby
Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, has gamers, collectors and comic book fans talking. Why? Kamala Khan is Muslim; the old Ms. Marvel was depicted as a blond military pilot. In this blog post from NPR’s CodeSwitch, journalist Gene Demby interviews several Muslim comic book fans and discusses what the new Ms. Marvel means for Muslims in comics.Pair “What The New Ms. Marvel Means for Muslims in Comics” with this article from ABC News to spark a discussion about the evolution of superheroes in the comics.