Paired Texts > The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison
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Learn about how two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane in this biographical text.Pair “The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison” with “The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers” and ask students to think about how the idea of success and the path to its achievement are showcased in each text. Do you think Edison and the Wright brothers faced similar challenges and obstacles in realizing their goals? Edison, notably, had very little formal schooling. What role does education play in helping someone succeed? Does it outweigh the role played by grit, hard work, and determination? Why or why not?
"Today's Telephone" explores the progression of technology before, during, and after Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the modern telephone.Pair “Today’s Telephone” with “The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison” and ask students to compare and contrast the lives of the two inventors. How did each of their inventions help to transform America?
The informational text "The History of the Cylinder Phonograph" discusses Thomas Edison's development of a device that recorded and reproduced sound.Pair “The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison” with “The History of the Cylinder Phonograph” to provide students with additional information on Thomas Edison’s life and success. Why do students think the phonograph was one of Edison’s most popular inventions? Ask students to imagine what life would be like if Edison hadn’t invented the phonograph.
In "We All Scream for Ice Cream," Jennifer Sneed shares the history of ice cream from colonial America to present-day.Pair “The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison” with “We All Scream for Ice Cream” and ask students to think about how Thomas Edison in “The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison” is alike or different from Harry Burt in “We All Scream for Ice Cream.” What did Thomas Edison create? What did Harry Burt create? How did each of their inventions change people’s lives? Which of their inventions do you think is the most important and why?
In "Zap It!," Tracy Vonder Brink explains how microwave ovens were invented and how they cook food.Pair “The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison” with “Zap It!” and ask students to compare the structure of the two texts. How is information organized in “The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison”? How is information organized in “Zap It!”? How do the texts teach about an invention in different ways?