by John P. Curtin
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.
Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or 'Frankenfish'?
- Monique Conrod
This article reports on a new yet controversial technology that makes it possible for companies to raise genetically modified salmon that grow very fast.Pair “Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or Frankenfish?” with “Technology Haiku” and have students discuss whether they believe using technology in this way is an example of “good” or “bad” technological progress. How do the benefits and costs of producing genetically modified salmon affect whether or not this process is an example of “good” technology?
Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive
- Kathiann Kowalski
Dr. James Roberts is marketing professor and the author of a study about cell phone addiction that appeared in the August 2014 Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Here, Kathiann Kowalski of Science News for Students covers the results of his study: too much dependence on your smartphone isn't smart.Pair “Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive” with “Technology Haiku” and ask students to consider the positive and negative effects that technology can have on people. Ask students to consider how the speaker in “Technology Haiku” might describe the development of cell phone technology.
- Anthony Lentini
A young person, living in a gleaming technological future, travels with their family to see their first tree.Pair “Technology Haiku” with “Autumntime” and ask students to compare how the two texts present the costs and benefits of technological change. How might the speaker in “Technology Haiku” respond to the version of the world presented in “Autumntime”?
Farming in Space
- Amy Hansen
In the informational text “Farming in Space,” Amy Hansen discusses how scientists are growing plants in space and what it means for the future of space travel.Pair “Technology Haiku” with “Farming in Space” and ask students to discuss the advances that humans have made in technology. How is the ability to grow food in space an example such advancement? At the end of the poem, the author asks what is next. Now that scientists can grow plants in space, what do you think will be their next advancement? What other possibilities do you think growing food in space will lead to?
A Slick Little Robot
- Harry T. Roman
In the informational text “A Slick Little Robot,” Harry T. Roman discusses how he helped design a mobile robot named OTIS.Pair “Technology Haiku” with “A Slick Little Robot” and ask students to discuss how technology has advanced over time. How are the accomplishments of Harry T. Roman's mobile robots an example of technology's progress? What other tasks do students think robots will go on to replace humans in completing?