by Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
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 Tell-Tale Heart
- Edgar Allan Poe
In this classic, suspenseful story about guilt, a man is driven mad by the heartbeat of the man he murdered.This tale is often considered one of the greatest stories about the power of fear. But is it really about fear? After reading “The Complexity of Fear,” challenge students to analyze the emotions felt by the narrator of this story. Was he driven by fear, or anxiety? How do you know?
Why is it fun to be frightened?
- Margee Kerr
In the informational text “Why is it fun to be frightened?” Margee Kerr discusses why people enjoy being scared and what she learned from studying a group of people who went through a haunted house.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?