Paired Texts > The Golden Ratio
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.
Ovid was a Roman poet born in 43 B.C. who is best known for his book of classic mythology, Metamorphoses. Pygmalion is a classic story about a sculptor who falls in love with his creation.Pair “Pygmalion” with “The Golden Ratio” and ask students to discuss how each text explores the idea of beauty. Could Pygmalion have created a sculpture that depicts the golden ratio? Was Pygmalion truly in love or was he blinded by beauty? Why?
In the informational text, "Raindrops break the speed limit," Stephen Ornes discusses how some raindrops fall faster than scientists predicted they could.Pair “The Golden Ratio” with “Raindrops break the speed limit” to provide students with another text about how we understand the natural world. How does the golden ratio help us better understand nature? How do scientists use physics to understand how raindrops fall through the atmosphere? How do students think scientists and mathematicians would react if they found an inconsistency in the golden ratio?