by CommonLit Staff
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.
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
- BirdBrain Science
This informational text discusses the diverse interactions of organisms that can be mutually beneficial.Though these two texts are at very different levels, you could use both to help differentiate instruction for high- and low-level readers. Pair these two texts and ask students how clownfish and sea anemone help illustrate the types of relationships discussed in “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”
Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease
- Amanda Leigh Mascarelli
In “Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease,” Amanda Leigh Mascarelli discusses how diseases among animals can be introduced to humans.Pair “Clownfish and Sea Anemone” with “Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease” and ask students to compare the relationships between different species. How do the clownfish and sea anemone rely on each other to survive? How does this compare to how certain pathogens rely on animals and humans to survive?
Zombies are real!
- Kathryn Hulick
In the informational text “Zombies are real!” Kathryn Hulick describes how some parasites are capable of controlling the minds of their hosts, creating real-life zombies.Pair “Clownfish and Sea Anemone” with “Zombies are real!” to further explore different organisms’ relationships to one another. How does the clownfish’s relationship to the sea anemone compare to a parasite’s relationship to its host? How do the clownfish and parasites benefit from the organisms they interact with?