by Kim Roberts
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.
Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point
- General Douglas MacArthur
In May 1962, General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) delivered this address to cadets at West point. A five-star general, MacArthur played a prominent role in the Pacific theater campaign during World War II, and from 1919-1922 served as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.Pair “Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point” with “Immunity” and ask students to further discuss the comparison the speaker makes between T-cells and soldiers in the poem. How do the duties of soldiers and T-cells compare? What might be considered a “war” on the body that the T-cells would have to defend against? What happens if they fail?
Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells
- Rob Stein and Michaeleen Doucleff
This informational news article offers insight into recent advances in stem cell research.Pair “Scientists Clone Human Embryos to Make Stem Cells” with “Immunity” to provide students with an additional text about human cells. Ask students to compare the purpose of stem cells with T-cells. What could be the benefits of making more T-cells as scientists are doing with stem cells?
What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful
- Laura Haynes
In the informational text, “What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful,” Laura Haynes explain how the immune system’s response to the flu makes us feel sick.Pair “Immunity” with “What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful” to provide students with a poem about T cells. Ask students to compare how the poem and informational text describe the purpose of T cells. Do students agree with Kim Roberts’ comparison of T cells to sentries? Why or why not? What else would students compare T cells to? Why?