by BirdBrain Science
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.
The Nature vs. Nurture Debate
- CommonLit Staff
What makes a person who they are? Is it their genes, or because of how they were brought up? If two people are brought up in the same home environment, will they be the same? For years, scientists have been debating the answer to these questions. This article explores the concept of nature vs. nurture and the debate surrounding the two sides.Pair “The Nature vs. Nurture Debate” with “How Do I Look?” and ask students to compare these two texts. How do they each approach the nature vs. nurture debate? Which side of the debate do students find more convincing?
The Destinies of Two Men Who Share One Name
- Melissa Block and Michele Norris
In this informational text, the topics of destiny and fate are explored when two men with similar backgrounds and the same name find themselves to be in two very different places in life.Pair “The Destinies of Two Men Who Share One Name” with “How Do I Look?” and ask students to compare the concepts discussed in these two texts. What environmental influences did the two Wes Moores experience? How did their environments shape the people they became?
Where Did I Come From?
- BirdBrain Science
The informational text “Where Did I Come From?”, explores how and why people take on the traits of their parents.Pair “Where Did I Come From?” with “How Do I Look?” to allow students to further explore how parents pass down traits to their children and the effect it has on the people they become. How does “Where Did I Come From?” influence students’ understanding of traits and the role traits play in making someone who they are?