by Alison Pearce Stevens
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.
Walking Down Park
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Walking Down Park,” the speaker reimagines the modern world as an idyllic wildlife landscape.Pair “Walking Down Park” with “Night Lights Have a Dark Side” and ask students to discuss how humans have changed the Earth. In the poem, the speaker imagines the Earth without human constructions. How do students think removing all artificial lights would change the Earth?
Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
- Tori Rodriguez
In the informational text “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems,” Tori Rodriguez discusses how missing even an hour of sleep can have an effect on teens’ mental health.Pair “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems” with “Night Lights Have a Dark Side” and ask students to discuss the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. How can artificial lights disrupt a person’s sleep? What risks do people, especially teenagers, face if they don’t get enough, or quality, sleep?