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.
A Lonely Planet Ponders
- John P. Curtin
In John P. Curtin’s “A Lonely Planet Ponders,” Curtin uses poetry to address nonfiction topics, such as the relationship between the rigidity of scientific principles and the perceived unpredictability of life.Pair “A Lonely Planet Ponders” with “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island” and ask students to discuss how both texts portray the relationship between humans and nature. Who is in control of how events play out? To what extent was the lone woman in control of what happened to her?
Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous
- Robert Krulwich
In the informational text “Why Dolphins Man Us Nervous,” Robert Krulwich discusses dolphins’ intelligence and how it compares to humans’ intelligence.Pair “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island” with “Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous” and ask students to discuss the relationship between humans and animals. How do you think the lone woman felt around animals on the island? How might isolation affect the way someone perceives the animals around them?