by Barrett Smith
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 “The Value of Being Confused” and ask students to discuss the process it takes to succeed. How do students think having grit is related to being able to push through confusing times? How do both contribute to intellectual and personal success? Is one more important than the other? 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 “The Value of Being Confused” and ask students to discuss the importance of struggling, and even failing, to succeed. Explain the connection between feeling confused and allowing yourself to fail at something. What does it mean if you never fail or are never confused?