by Pamela S. Turner
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.
A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
- Nina Gregory
In “A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions,” Richard Turere explains his solution to an animal conservation crisis.Pair “A Kenyan Teen's Discovery: Let There Be Light To Save Lions” with “A Lifeline for Lions” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore humans' efforts to preserve lion populations. What different threats do the lions face in the two texts? Why do students think it's important to people to conserve lion populations? Why should humans take responsibility for nature?
A Cobra in the Garden
- Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
In Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell’s “A Cobra in the Garden,” Gunnell discusses her time living in Borneo and the cobra that lived in her garden there.Pair “A Cobra in the Garden” with “A Lifeline for Lions” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore humans' respect for powerful animals. How does the speaker show respect for the cobra in “A Cobra in the Garden”? How does this compare to how the people in “A Lifeline for Lions” show respect for the lion population in the Serengeti? How do both texts explore positive interactions between animals and humans?
Growing Trees for Kenya
- Elizabeth Cregan
In the informational text “Growing Trees for Kenya” Elizabeth Cregan discusses Wangari Maathai’s efforts to combat deforestation in Kenya and around the world.Pair “Growing Trees for Kenya” with “A Lifeline for Lions” and ask students to discuss how humans impact their surrounding environment. How were the lions' sickness a result of humans' settlement in the area? How does this compare to the deforestation discussed in “Growing Trees for Kenya”? How do both texts explore how humans' can reverse their negative impact on the environment?