by All Things Considered, NPR
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.
Conservation as a National Duty
- President Theodore Roosevelt
As an explorer and naturalist, Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th President of the United States (1858-1919), was a great supporter of environmental policies and protection. In this speech delivered on May 16th, 1908, President Roosevelt charges conservation as a national responsibility.Pair “Conservation as a National Duty” with “Aral Sea Demise Harms People of Mujnak” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of conservation. In what ways have humans used natural resources beyond their means? What are the risks if humans do not choose to use natural resources mindfully and commit to conservation?
Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse?
- Joseph Stromberg
“Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse?” explores how environmental factors may have contributed to the collapse of the Maya civilization.Pair “Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse?” with “Aral Sea Demise Harms People of Mujnak” and ask students to discuss the consequences of humans’ interference with the environment. How did the Mayans’ treatment of the environment likely contribute to the downfall of their civilization? How did the Soviet Union’s treatment of the Aral Sea negatively impact the people of Mujnak?
Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan
- Morning Edition, NPR
In the informational text “Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan,” NPR discusses how communities surrounding the Aral Sea are benefitting from the slow return of the sea.Pair “Dam Revives Aral Sea & Nearby Communities In Kazakhstan” with “Aral Sea Demise Harms People Of Mujnak” and ask student to compare the discussions of the Aral Sea in the two texts. How do both texts explore how surrounding communities have suffered because of the Aral Sea’s demise? How have conservation efforts changed between the publication of each text?