by Jeanne Miller
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.
Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or 'Frankenfish'?
- Monique Conrod
This article reports on a new yet controversial technology that makes it possible for companies to raise genetically modified salmon that grow very fast.Pair “Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or ‘Frankenfish’?” with “A Matter of Taste” to provide students with information about using genetically modifying animals for food. Ask students to discuss how plants and animals have been altered based on our food preferences and needs. What are the costs and benefits of modifying the plants and animals that humans eat? What about breeding crops to yield more food?
Ghosts in Your Head
- Kirsten Weir
In the informational text “Ghosts in Your Head,” Kirsten Weir discusses how people with healthy brains can sometimes imagine certain senses.Pair “Ghosts in Your Head” with “A Matter of Taste” to provide students with a text about phantom senses. Ask students to discuss what phantoms smells are and why they occur. How do phantom smells highlight the connection between your nose and the brain? Do students think phantom tastes are possible? Why or why not?
Your food choices affect Earth's climate
- Janet Raloff
In the informational text, “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate,” Janet Raloff discusses the environmental costs of food production.Pair “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” with “A Matter of Taste” to provide students with another article about food. Ask students to discuss the flavors and smells that appeal to humans. How did they help our ancestors survive? Do students think these preferences are still important today? Why or why not? How are some of the types of foods that people crave harming the environment?