Paired Texts: Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy?
by Mirjam Guesgen
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.
Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues
- Rob Stein, NPR's Morning Edition
In this article from National Public Radio, a new genetic treatment that removes unwanted DNA from an embryo raises controversy.Pair “Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues” with “Animal emotions stare us in the face – are our pets happy?” and ask students to discuss advances in science and technology, and the ethics problems they can cause or fix. What are the ethical issues with changing a person’s genetics? How does the technology in “Animal emotions stare us in the face – are our pets happy?” hope to make humans’ treatment of animals more ethical? Do students think this is a likely outcome of this technology?
How Human Should A Gorilla Be?
- Barbara J. King for NPR
The informational text “How Human should a Gorilla Be” discusses Koko, a gorilla who uses American Sign Language to communicate with humans.Pair “How Human Should A Gorilla Be?” with “Animal emotions stare us in the face – are our pets happy?” and ask students to discuss how Koko was able to communicate what she was feeling with humans. How was Koko’s relationship with humans different once she learned how to communicate with them? How do students think the relationship between humans and animals would change if we could understand their facial expressions?