by Becky Bolinger
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.
Tornadoes: Watch Out!
- Michael A. Signal
In the informational text “Tornadoes: Watch Out!” Michael A. Signal discusses the dangers of tornadoes and how people can best protect themselves from them.Pair “Tornadoes: Watch Out!” with “How far away was that lightning?” to provide students with additional information about storms. Ask students to discuss the different weather events that thunderstorms can produce. What dangers do tornadoes and lightning pose to people? How can people protect themselves from these dangers?
- California Energy Commission
The informational text “Energy Story” explains how electricity is created and travels.Pair “How far away was that lightning?” with “Energy Story” and ask students to discuss how electricity is explored in the two texts. Based on what they learned in “Energy Story,” how do students think electricity travels from the clouds to the ground in a bolt of lightning? How can electricity be useful and dangerous?