by Jessica McBirney
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.
Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or 'Frankenfish'?
- Monique Conrod
This article reports on a new yet controversial technology that makes it possible for companies to raise genetically modified salmon that grow very fast.Pair “Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or ‘Frankenfish’?” with “Food Deserts” and ask students to discuss how modified fish could help solve the problem of food deserts. How could purchasing genetically modified fish help or hurt low-income families?
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
- CommonLit Staff
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was an American psychologist who wrote extensively about human behavior, motivations, and needs. This passage explores his best known work: the hierarchy of needs.Pair “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” with “Food Deserts” and ask students to consider how Maslow’s hierarchy impacts the way people make choices regarding healthy eating. Ask students to consider how a person’s consumption choices could be influenced by both their most basic survival instincts as well as their community. How might different factors shape how a person eats?
Carrots with Character
- Erin K. Peabody
In the informational text “Carrots with Character,” Erin K. Peabody discusses the health benefits of genetically modified carrots.Pair “Food Deserts” with “Carrots with Character” to explore the importance of having access to nutrient-rich foods. How are scientists using genetically modified foods to help people get the necessary vitamins? How can access to fresh food and foods modified to be nutrient-rich help resolve food deserts and the problems associated with them?
Banana Threat: Attack of the Clones
- Alison Pearce Stevens
In the informational text “Banana Threat: Attack of the Clones,” Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the threat that a fungus poses to bananas.Pair “Food Deserts” with “Banana Threat: Attack of the Clones” and ask students to discuss the dangers of food deserts. How might the effects of Panama disease contribute to food deserts? How would people be impacted if Cavendish bananas went extinct?
International Fruit of Welcome
- Kim Roberts
In Kim Roberts’ poem “International Fruit of Welcome,” a speaker describes why pineapples are an important fruit.Pair “Food Deserts” with “International Fruit of Welcome” and ask students to discuss the importance of fresh food. Ask students to discuss how the speaker in “International Fruit of Welcome” describes the value of pineapples. How does the informational text explore how it might be difficult for people to access fresh fruits, like pineapple?