by Tania Lombrozo for NPR
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.
- Mike Kubic
“Opposing Innovation: The Luddite Lesson” describes the origin of the term “Luddite” and meditates on what we might learn from the stories of those who have historically opposed the implementation of new technologies.Pair “Opposing Innovation” with “The Curse of the Inability to Imagine” and ask students to discuss how people view technology differently. How does technology impact our lives, both directly and indirectly? Encourage them to think beyond the intended uses of particular machines, and instead ask questions about how our experiences and expectations about technology impact how we view ourselves.
Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?
- Nell Greenfieldboyce
In "Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?" various experts and stakeholders discuss the possibility that humans will venture to and colonize Mars in the near future.Pair “Are Humans Really Headed to Mars Anytime Soon?” with “The Curse of the Inability to Imagine” and ask students to consider the role of technology in exploration. How did people settle or build colonies without modern navigation and communication systems? Did this make them any less successful? Does technology compel people to explore, or is there something fundamental in humanity that drives exploration and colonization?
Was Einstein a Space Alien?
- NASA Science News
The informational text “Was Einstein a Space Alien?” discusses Albert Einstein’s numerous and impressive discoveries, specifically his discovery regarding the composition of light.Pair “The Curse of the Inability to Imagine” with “Was Einstein a Space Alien?” and ask students to discuss how Einstein responded to already-accepted ideas and beliefs regarding science. How did he challenge these beliefs? Why is imagination necessary to develop new scientific theory and technology?