by Morning Edition, 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.
Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area
- Interviews That Matter
A journalist from Interviews That Matter speaks with a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 in Ukraine. The interviewee paints a haunting picture of the devastated area then and now.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan” to provide students with another example of disaster caused by humans. How did the Chernobyl disaster impact the surrounding land and animals? How did the depletion of the Aral Sea impact the surrounding area and communities? How did humans’ actions lead to both of these disasters?
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 “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan” and ask students to compare the Dust Bowl with the depletion of the Aral Sea. How were both of these disasters caused by humans? What solutions does President Franklin Delano Roosevelt propose in the text? How does this compare to the actions of officials to revive the Aral Sea?
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 “Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan” and ask students to discuss the consequences of humans’ careless treatment of the environment. How did the Mayans’ treatment of the land likely result in the collapse of their civilization? How does this compare to the repercussions people experienced because of the depletion of the Aral Sea?
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 “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?