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.
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 “The Dust Bowl” and ask students to discuss how humans affect the environment. How does the plastic that is introduced into the oceans by humans negatively impact the environment? How does this compare to the consequences of famers’ methods of farming during the 1920s?
An Overview of the Great Depression
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “The Great Depression,” Jessica McBirney discusses the various causes and effects of the Great Depression, as well as how America’s economy eventually recovered.Pair “An Overview of the Great Depression” with “The Dust Bowl” to provide students with additional information about the Great Depression. How did the Dust Bowl contribute to the Great Depression? Why were farmers from the Great Plains unable to find work elsewhere in the United States during this time?
- Maurine V. Eleder
In Maurine V. Eleder’s short story “Black Blizzard,” a girl braves a dust storm to help bring her horse to safety.Pair “Black Blizzard” with “The Dust Bowl” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the effects of dust storms. How do Betty and Mary Ann’s experiences during the Dust Bowl compare to Irene Thompson’s? How do both texts help readers understand why dust storms were called “black blizzards”?
Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body
- Lindsey Konkel
In the informational text “Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body,” Lindsey Konkel discusses how air pollution can harm young people’s brains and bodies.Pair “The Dust Bowl” with “Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body” and ask students to discuss how humans have negatively impacted the environment around them. How did humans contribute to the Dust Bowl? How did the Dust Bowl harm people’s health? How are humans responsible for the pollution in the air?