by Harry T. Roman
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.
Technology HaikuJohn P. Curtin
In John P. Curtin's "Technology Haiku," the speaker reflects on the evolution of technology and wonders where it will go next.Pair “Technology Haiku” with “A Slick Little Robot” and ask students to discuss how technology has advanced over time. How are the accomplishments of Harry T. Roman's mobile robots an example of technology's progress? What other tasks do students think robots will go on to replace humans in completing?
Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian FictionShelby Ostergaard
In the informational text "Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction," Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.Pair “Someone Might be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction” with “A Slick Little Robot” and ask students to discuss how mobile robots might be represented in dystopian fiction. Do students think that greater advancements in robotics will lead to more problems or solutions? Why?
Ronald Reagan on the Challenger DisasterPresident Ronald Reagan
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, leading to the death of its seven crewmembers. The nation was stunned after this horrifying incident—about 17% of the nation watched it live on television. That same day, President Ronald Reagan delivered this speech to the grieving nation.Pair “Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster” with “A Slick Little Robot” and ask students to discuss the benefits of robot-operated space shuttles. How would the Challenger disaster have been different if a robot operated the space shuttle? Are there any benefits to humans taking part in dangerous tasks or missions over robots? If so, describe them.
What is a Robonaut?NASA
In the informational text from NASA, "What is a Robonaut?", the author discusses the use of robots in space.Pair “A Slick Little Robot” with “What is a Robonaut?” to provide students with information about another helpful robot. Ask students to discuss how the robots discussed in the two texts assist humans. What tasks can the robots complete that humans might struggle with?