by Kathryn Schulz
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 Selective Laziness of Human ReasoningTania Lombrozo for NPR
In the informational text "The Selective Laziness Of Human Reasoning," Tania Lombrozo discusses why humans are biased towards their own opinions.Pair “The Selective Laziness of Human Reasoning” with “Why I Despise The Great Gatsby” and ask students to discuss the value of opinions. According to Lombrozo, how are opinions created? What is the purpose of opinions? What do students think about Schulz’s opinion of The Great Gatsby? What constitutes a great novel? What values and ideas do students share with Schulz? How do opinions impact how we perceive our world?
The Fallacy of SuccessG.K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English critic, philosopher and writer. Chesterton often wrote parables, which are stories that illustrate lessons in morality. In this opinion piece, Chesterton uses humor to mock books that aim to teach a person how to become wealthy and successful.Pair “The Fallacy of Success” with “Why I Despise The Great Gatsby” and ask students to discuss the idea of success discussed in Chesterton's article. In “Why I Despise The Great Gatsby” the author stated that the novel was not a success as it did not sell the anticipated amount of copies printed. After reading the article, “The Fallacy of Success,” do students think The Great Gatsby could have been a success at the time of publication? Why or why not? How is success defined? Who defines success? Why do students think definitions of success differ?