by Christine Fournier
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.
Alaska Accelerates Indoor Agriculture
- Emily Schwing
In the informational text “Alaska Accelerates Indoor Agriculture,” Emily Schwing discusses the use of greenhouses to produce fruits and vegetables during Alaskan winters.Pair “Alaska Accelerate Indoor Agriculture” with “Different Ways” to provide students with information about how one farmer grows food year-round. Ask students to discuss how the farmer in Alaska is able to grow fruits and vegetables that typically wouldn’t be able to survive the climate. What might be some costs and benefits of growing food inside a greenhouse?
Farming in Space
- Amy Hansen
In the informational text “Farming in Space,” Amy Hansen discusses how scientists are growing plants in space and what it means for the future of space travel.Pair “Farming in Space” with “Different Ways” to provide students with information about farming in space. Ask students to discuss how farming on Earth compares to farming in space. What challenges do scientists face growing food in space that farmers do not experience on Earth? Why is it important for scientists to be able to grow food in space?
Your food choices affect Earth's climate
- Janet Raloff
In the informational text, “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate,” Janet Raloff discusses the environmental costs of food production.Pair “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” with “Different Ways” to provide students with information about how the food they eat affects the environment. Ask students to discuss how producing fruits and vegetables affects the environment. How does this compare to producing meat? People have the ability and responsibility to make food choices that do not hurt the environment. Do students think that farmers have a similar responsibility? Why or why not?