by Jessica McBirney
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.
Adolescence and the Teenage Crush
- Dr. Carl Pickhardt
In his article, “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush,” Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between different types of teenage crushes. According to his analysis, having a crush on someone is a normal part of adolescence.Pair these two texts have students compare crushes and being in love. Can the two overlap? How does once tell the difference between the two? Are there other variations of love that Dr. Pickhardt is missing in his article?
The Gift of The Magi
- O. Henry
"The Gift of a Magi" is a classic Christmas story about love, sacrifice, and generosity.Pair the “The Gift of the Magi” with “Would You Marry a Stranger” to begin a discussion of what makes a happy marriage. How do Jim and Della show their love for each other? Does their relationship reflect the central ideas of the informational text?
How I Found True Love in an Arranged Marriage
- Surabhi Surendra
In this poignant essay, Surabhi Surendra tells the story of how she fell in love with her husband through an arranged marriage.Pair “How I Found Love in an Arranged Marriage” with “Would You Marry a Stranger?” to provide two different perspectives on this phenomenon: an informational account and a personal overview. How does Surendra’s story complement the informational text? Does the informational text lack any important details that “How I Found Love” helps illuminate?
Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?
- James Kuzner
In the informational text “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” James Kuzner discusses the existence of love at first sight.Pair “Would You Marry a Stranger?” with “Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?” and ask students to discuss how loving relationships form. Does the author of “Would You Marry a Stranger?” describe arranged marriage as love at first sight? How does she describe love developing between strangers? Do students think that the success of arranged marriages proves that spending time to get to know someone results in a deeper love?