by Jennifer Barry
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.
Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively
- Laura Sanders
This article from Science News for Students explores the psychology and physiology behind why rebellious behavior peaks during the teen years.Pair “Raising Elephants” with “Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively,” and ask students to compare and contrast the teenage years of humans and elephants. How have the scientists in the two texts tried to find out more about the causes of teenage behavior? What evidence do the scientists present? How are the possible causes of teenage behavior similar or different for these two species?
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
- BirdBrain Science
This informational text discusses the diverse interactions of organisms that can be mutually beneficial.Pair “Raising Elephants” with “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” to provide students with additional examples of curious animal relationships. Which of the relationships introduced by the two texts are students most surprised to learn about? Can students think of any other examples of mutualism, symbiosis, or unique family structures in the animal kingdom?
Play, Play Again
- Ellen Braaf
In the informational text “Play, Play Again,” Ellen Braaf discusses why animals play and how it might benefit them.Pair “Raising Elephants” with “Play, Play Again,” and ask students to discuss the kind of play in which teenage elephants engage as well as the various potential reasons for play. How might “play” be related to the skills young elephants will need in adulthood? According to these texts, what else do animals do in order to prepare for the adult world?