by Shelby Ostergaard
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.
Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells
- Rob Stein and Michaeleen Doucleff
This informational news article offers insight into recent advances in stem cell research.Pair “Scientists Clone Human Embryos to Make Stem Cells” with “The New Painkiller Epidemic” and ask students how scientific progress can lead to ethical concerns. How do the costs of cloning human embryos compare to the costs of developing certain painkillers? How can scientists ensure that they are acting ethically when they are developing certain technologies? Do you think there is a way to monitor scientific progress to ensure that the benefits will outweigh the costs?
Explainer: What is dopamine?
- Bethany Brookshire
In the informational text “Explainer: What is dopamine?” Bethany Brookshire discusses the functionof dopamine in the human brain.Pair “The New Painkiller Epidemic” with “Explainer: What is dopamine?” and ask students to make connections between the brain science underneath drug addiction and the social epidemic of drug addiction. How does dopamine contribute to the public tragedy described in “The New Painkiller Epidemic”? How could understanding the brain science help contribute to solutions to this social emergency?