by Thomas Sumner
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.
Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
- Alison Pearce Stevens
When plastic was invented at the turn of 20th century, it was lauded as a miraculous new material that could be used to create innumerable products. Few could have recognized the impact that plastic would have on our world – particularly in our oceans – over the course of a century.Pair “Tiny Plastic, Big Problem” with “Scientists confirm ‘greenhouse’ effect of human’s CO2” to provide students with additional information about how humans affect the environment. How do humans introduce plastic and CO2 into the environment? How do trash and pollutants negatively impact the environment?
What Is Earth?
The informational text “What Is Earth?” explores what our planet is made out of and how it moves in the solar system.Pair “What Is Earth?” with “Scientists confirm ‘greenhouse’ effect of human’s CO2” to provide students with additional information about Earth. Ask students to discuss how it’s possible for Earth to support life. How could rising temperatures, and other changes caused by global warming, affect life on Earth? How do both texts emphasize the importance of monitoring how Earth continues to change?
Explainer: How scientists know Earth is warming
- Sharon Oosthoek
In the informational text, “Explainer: How scientists know Earth is warming,” Sharon Oosthoek provides information about how scientists have determined that our planet is warming.Pair “Explainer: How scientists know Earth is warming” with “Scientists confirm ‘greenhouse’ effect of human’s CO2” to provide students with additional information about the Earth’s rising temperatures. How do both texts provide evidence that the Earth is warming? How is human activity contributing to this warming?