by Stephen Ornes
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 Golden Ratio
- Pamela Huber
In the informational text “The Golden Ratio,” Pamela Huber explains what the golden ratio is, the math behind it, and how it appears in nature and human designs.Pair “The Golden Ratio” with “Raindrops break the speed limit” to provide students with another text about how we understand the natural world. How does the golden ratio help us better understand nature? How do scientists use physics to understand how raindrops fall through the atmosphere? How do students think scientists and mathematicians would react if they found an inconsistency in the golden ratio?
- Linda Pastan
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker reflects on the faith placed in science in the modern world.Pair “Faith” with “Raindrops break the speed limit” to provide students with a poem about the faith people have in science. In the text, the author discusses how scientists believed small raindrops couldn’t exceed a certain speed while falling. This no longer appears to be the case. How does this text prove that it’s important not to take facts for granted? How do students think the speaker in the poem would react to the knowledge that scientists don’t know why some raindrops fall faster than they should be able to?
The Face of Immortality?
- Cricket Media
The informational text “The Face of Immortality?” discusses Daniel Martinez’s work studying the lifespan of hydras, a small fresh-water organism believed to be immortal.Pair “The Face of Immortality” with “Raindrops break the speed limit” and ask students to discuss mysteries in the natural world that scientists are attempting to solve. Ask students to discuss hydra’s special abilities and why scientists can’t prove, or disprove, that they’re immortal. What do scientists think causes small raindrops to fall so fast? Why can’t they be sure?