by Tyler Berrigan
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.
Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
- Alison Pearce Stevens
When plastic was invented at the turn of 20th century, it was lauded as a miraculous new material that could be used to create innumerable products. Few could have recognized the impact that plastic would have on our world – particularly in our oceans – over the course of a century.Pair “Tiny Plastic, Big Problem” with “Adhesive from trees could make tape more eco-friendly” to provide students with information about the waste that humans produce. Ask students to consider how much plastic they throw away and recycle. In “Adhesive from trees could make tape more eco-friendly,” the researchers turn something that is typically thrown away into something useful. Ask students to discuss how they could reuse a plastic bottle in a useful way. What are alternatives to plastic that they could use?
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 “Adhesive from trees could make tape more eco-friendly” to provide students with an article about an environmental activist restoring the forests in Kenya. Ask students to discuss how both texts emphasize the importance of trees. Do students think that the new adhesive that is taken from poplar trees could negatively affect forests? Why or why not?