by Amanda Leigh Mascarelli
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.
Clownfish and Sea Anemone
- CommonLit Staff
Clownfish and sea anemone have a special relationship—a “symbiotic relationship.” In this article, students learn about the dynamics of the relationship and how it applies to human friendships and dependency.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?
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 “Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease” and ask students to discuss what humans can learn from studying animals. What have humans learned about the potential causes of decreasing bee populations? What have humans learned about animals’ role in spreading diseases? How can humans and animals pose threats to each other?