by CommonLit Staff
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.
Clues to Ancient Life
- Rona Arato
In the informational text “Clues to Ancient Life,” Rona Arato discusses how fossils form and why we study them.Pair “Pet Rocks” with “Clues to Ancient Life” and ask students to compare the value of pet rocks and fossils. Why do fossils continue to be important to people today? Why did people find pet rocks valuable for a period of time? Why do students think people’s interest in pet rocks eventually faded?