by Jessica McBirney
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.
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 “The Center of Our Solar System” to provide students with additional information about how life is sustained on Earth. Ask students to discuss what it means to be a “Goldilocks planet” and how the sun contributes to this. What additional information does “What Is Earth?” provide students about the earth’s orbit of the sun? Why is this orbit important?
The Mysterious Dark Day
- Lois Minder Huey
In the informational test “The Mysterious Dark Day,” Lois Miner Huey describes why the northeastern American colonies went dark on May 19, 1780.Pair “The Mysterious Dark Day” with “The Center of Our Solar System” and ask students to discuss the importance of the sun to life on Earth. Ask students to discuss how people and animals responded when the sun suddenly went dark. Why do students think that people were frightened when the sun disappeared? What would actually happen if the sun was blocked from Earth?
When Stars Explode
- Ken Croswell, Ph.D
In the informational text “When Stars Explode,” Ken Croswell discusses why a star explodes and what happens after.Pair “When Stars Explode” with “The Center of Our Solar System” to provide readers with additional information about stars. Ask students to discuss what happens when a star runs out of energy. Why don’t we have to worry about the sun going out in a supernova? What are the benefits of supernovae?