by Margee Kerr
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 Complexity of Fear
- Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
In this heavily researched article, Dr. Mary C. Lamia delineates between anxiety and fear, and explains why fear is such a complex emotion to understand.Pair “The Complexity of Fear” with “Why is it fun to be frightened?” to provide students with additional information about fear. Ask students to discuss why people experience fear. How does fear of a real threat compare to fear of a harmless threat, like what you would encounter in a haunted house? Do students think haunted houses and horror films can also cause people to feel anxiety? Do they think this type of anxiety can be fun? Why or why not?
What Fear Can Teach Us
- Karen Thompson Walker
In “What Fear Can Teach Us,” Karen Thompson Walker discusses the effects that fear has on decision-making and invokes a true story about the sailors of the Essex to illustrate her argument.Pair “What Fear Can Teach Us” with “Why is it fun to be frightened?” and ask students to discuss how we are affected by fear. Ask students to discuss how Karen Thompson Walker explores what we can learn from examining our fears more closely. How can this benefit people? How does this compare to engaging in scary fun?
Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.Pair “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction” with “Why is it fun to be frightened?” and ask students to discuss dystopian and horror films. How do dystopian and horror films play on society’s fears? Do students think viewers have the same fun-scary experience with dystopian films as they do with horror? Why or why not?