by President Theodore Roosevelt
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.
I Hear America Singing
- Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a famous American poet, essayist, and humanist who is often called the father of the “free verse” style of poetry. He wrote during the urbanization of America and celebrated the idea of America alive with nature, art, and imagination. In this poem, Whitman describes the varied, lively voices across America.Pair “I Hear America Singing” with the “Conservation as a National Duty” and ask students to compare each portrayal of a developing America. Do the authors view this progress positively or negatively?
Fracking Fuels Energy Debate
- Erica Gies
We use the energy from natural gas for power. However, a relatively new process of getting this natural gas out of the ground called fracking has sparked a debate about sustainable energy.Pair “Fracking Fuels Energy Debate” with “Conservation as a National Duty” and ask students to discuss natural gas usage and developing energy-based technology. How does each piece portray technology?
Why are bees vanishing?
- Alison Pearce Stevens
Over the past ten years, researchers have been trying to figure out why so many honeybee colonies are collapsing (colony collapse disease, or CCD). In this article, scientists find a combination of threats that may explain declining honeybee populations.Pair “Why Are Bees Vanishing?” with “Conservation as a National Duty” and ask students to discuss the far-reaching implications of environmental protection. Does conservation go beyond protective plant life, minerals, natural gas, etc? Does wildlife (including insects) fall under this as well, and how should we protect it?
Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
This speech, made by 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 1933-1945), addresses the problems of the Great Depression and the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s—during which severe drought and erosion conditions led to a prolonged agricultural crisis.Pair “Conservation as a National Duty” with “On Drought Conditions” and ask students to compare the historical significance of each speech, relative to environmental concerns. How does each text address industry and economy? Are the priorities of these presidential cousins similar or different?
The Man in the Arena
- President Theodore Roosevelt
This excerpt, which preaches persistence and proactivity, comes from a speech given by former President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.Pair these two texts by the same author and have students compare the styles, tone, and themes of each. How does learning more about Roosevelt’s struggle to enact policies of environmental protection help develop your perception of him, as formed by your reading of “The Man in the Arena” speech? Do you think he followed his own advice?
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 “Conservation as a National Duty” with “Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse?” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the potential consequences of human interaction with the environment. How does progress impact the environment? Students should consider how perspectives on the use of natural resources have evolved over time, as well as how Roosevelt would have appraised the collapse of the Maya civilization.
Aral Sea Demise Harms People Of Mujnak
- All Things Considered, NPR
In the informational text, “Aral Sea Demise Harms People of Mujnak,” NPR discusses how the Aral Sea dried up and the impact that it has had on the nearby town of Mujnak.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?