by Set to Go
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.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
- Angela Lee Duckworth
In the TED Talk “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.Pair “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” with “Characteristics of Resilient People” and ask students how both texts explore resilience. What do grit and resilience have in common? How does Angela Lee Duckworth’s discussion of grit compare to the different characteristics of resilience in “Characteristics of Resilient People”? Do you think resilience and grit are important for students? Why or why not?
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
- Angel B. Pérez
In the informational text “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail,” dean of admissions Angel B. Pérez discusses what colleges are really looking for and offers his surprising take on the importance of failure.Pair “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail” with “Characteristics of Resilient People” and ask students to discuss the importance of failing. How does failing boost resilience? What skills does Pérez believe students acquire from experiencing failure? How does this compare to the characteristics of resilient people discussed in the text “Characteristics of Resilient People”?