by Stephen Ornes
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.
Army Eyes 3D Printed Food for Soldiers
- Aarti Shahani
Today, when most people think of a printer, they think of a laser jet printer that prints ink on paper. But thanks to new technology, engineers have developed 3D printers that can print objects—and even food. This NPR article takes a closer look at this new technology and how it could be used in modern warfare to feed soldiers.Pair “Drones Put Spying Eyes in the Sky” with “Army Eyes 3D Printed Food for Soldiers” and ask students to summarize the potential benefits of each new technology. Then, open up a discussion and ask students to share their thoughts on what the world might look like 25 years from now. How might these technologies change how we live and experience the world?
Biometrics: New IDs that are uniquely you
- Sharon Oosthoek
Police and law enforcement have historically used fingerprints to identify suspects and prosecute criminals. But now, using new technology and the science of biometrics, scientists have developed a different, and potentially more advanced, way of identifying people. This article explores the science behind biometrics and its potential for law enforcement and beyond.Pair “Biometrics: New IDs that are uniquely you” with “Drones Put Spying Eyes in the Sky” and ask students to explain the benefits (and potential risks) of each new technology.
Choosing a Warning Label for Human DNA
- Charles Wohlforth
In this essay, science, technology, and travel writer Charles Wohlforth explores the complicated relationship between human beings and their treatment of the ecosystem that allows them life.Pair “Choosing a Warning Label for Human DNA” with “Drones Put Spying Eyes in the Sky” and have students compare the views for the future expressed in each piece. How do the two texts compare in their presentation of concerns for the future of the human race? Both authors take up the concept of environmental conservation; how does the language they use to describe it affect the respective tones of the texts?
Are Stories A Key To Human Intelligence?
- Tania Lombrozo for NPR
“Are Stories a Key to Human Intelligence” discusses the impact stories have on human intelligence, as well as their effect on AI systems.Pair “Drones Put Spying Eyes in the Sky” with “Are Stories a Key to Human Intelligence?” and ask students to discuss the evolution of technology. How has the utilization of machines changed over time? What are benefits and disadvantages of such advanced technology?
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
- The Sun
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in the early 20th century.Pair “Drones Putting Spying Eyes in the Sky” with “Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations” and ask students to discuss the evolution of spying. How has technology advanced this field? Does spying with drones provide the same quality of information as human spying?
Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills
- Brian Clark Howard
In the informational text “Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills,” Brian Clark Howard discusses the potential benefits of using wireless charging devices.Pair “Drones Put Spying Eyes in the Sky” with “Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills” and ask students to discuss how technology can change the future. What are the benefits of the technologies discussed in the two texts? Can students identify any potential disadvantages of these technologies?
Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers
- Jim Sallis
In the informational text “Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers,” Jim Sallis discusses some of the threats that rideables pose to pedestrians.Pair “Drones Put Spying Eyes in The Sky” with “Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers” and ask students to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of new technology. What are the positive ways drones can be used, as emphasized in “Drones Put Spying Eyes in The Sky”? In the text, “Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers,” the author discusses mainly the dangers of electric scooters. What are the benefits of electric scooters and other rideables? How do both texts emphasize the impact that technology has on our lives?