by Amy Hansen
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.
- John P. Curtin
In John P. Curtin’s “Technology Haiku,” the speaker reflects on the evolution of technology and wonders where it will go next.Pair “Technology Haiku” with “Farming in Space” and ask students to discuss the advances that humans have made in technology. How is the ability to grow food in space an example such advancement? At the end of the poem, the author asks what is next. Now that scientists can grow plants in space, what do you think will be their next advancement? What other possibilities do you think growing food in space will lead to?
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 Accelerates Indoor Agriculture” with “Farming in Space” and ask students to discuss how people are growing plants in difficult environments. What are the benefits of being able to grow plants during cold winters? How does this compare to the benefits of being able to grow food in space? What do “gardeners” need to protect their plants from in both scenarios?
The Peanut Man
- America's Library
In the informational text “The Peanut Man” from America’s Library, the author discusses how George Washington Carver showed the benefits of planting peanuts and their many uses.Pair “Farming in Space” with “The Peanut Man” and ask students to discuss the progress that has been made in farming. What progress have scientists made towards farming in space? How is George Washington Carver responsible for important progress made in farming on earth?
- Christine Fournier
In the informational text “Different Ways,” Christine Fournier discusses the methods of two farmers, Tom and Anne.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?