by Susan Moran
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 “New math: Fail + try again = real learning” and ask students how both texts explore success. What do students need in order to succeed? How does Angela Lee Duckworth’s discussion of grit compare to the different types of learning discussed in “New math: Fail + try again = real learning”? Do these different types of learning encourage grit in 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 “New math: Fail + try again = real learning” and ask students to discuss the importance of failing. What skills does Angel B. Pérez believe students acquire from experiencing failure? How does this compare to the benefits of failure discussed in “New math: Fail + try again = real learning”?
Why I teach math through knitting
- Sara Jensen
In the informational text “Why I teach math through knitting,” Sara Jensen discusses how she uses knitting to help her students understand mathematical concepts.Pair “New math: Fail + try again = real learning” with “Why I teach math through knitting” and ask students to discuss the new approaches to education explored in the two texts. How is Sara Jensen’s mode of teaching unconventional? How does the text “New math: Fail + try again = real learning” show different tactics being used in teaching? What have been the results of these new ways of teaching?
The Scientific Method
- Kim Roberts
In Kim Roberts’ poem “The Scientific Method,” a speaker describes Thomas Edison’s lab, storeroom, and scientific process.Pair “New Math: Fail + Try Again = Real Learning” with “The Scientific Method” to provide students with a text that applies the idea of learning from failure to students’ on-going learning experiences. Ask students to discuss the theme of failing and trying again as it is presented in both tests. What does the poem suggest about the benefits to science of failure and persistence through it? What does the informational text say students can gain in their own learning from failing and trying again? What do students understand about Thomas Edison from pairing the two texts?