by Kim Roberts
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.
Letters from Wilbur Wright
- Wilbur Wright
- 1899 to 1903
The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903 four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. These published letters from Wilbur Wright give us insight into the amount of resilience, positivity, and inventiveness it took to succeed.Pair “Letters from Wilbur Wright” with “The Scientific Method” and ask students to discuss what is necessary to make advances in science and technology. How does Wilbur Wright describe his process for creating an airplane? How does this compare to Thomas Edison’s scientific process, as depicted in “The Scientific Method”? What shared traits do the scientists and inventors in the two texts possess?
The History of the Cylinder Phonograph
- The Library of Congress
The informational text “The History of the Cylinder Phonograph” discusses Thomas Edison’s development of a device that recorded and reproduced sound.Pair “The History of the Cylinder Phonograph” with “The Scientific Method” to provide students with additional information about Thomas Edison and one of his inventions. Ask students to discuss how the scenes and situations depicted in the poem relate to Edison’s creation of the phonograph. How did careful experimentation and creative innovation help Edison? How was Edison constantly developing and improving upon his inventions? How are these ideas present in both texts?
New math: Fail + try again = real learning
- Susan Moran
In the informational text “New math: Fail + try again = real learning,” Susan Moran discusses the benefits of failing and trying again when learning something new.Pair “New Math: Fail + Try Again = Real Learning” with “The Scientific Method” to provide students with a text that applies the idea of learning from failure to students’ on-going learning experiences. Ask students to discuss the theme of failing and trying again as it is presented in both tests. What does the poem suggest about the benefits to science of failure and persistence through it? What does the informational text say students can gain in their own learning from failing and trying again? What do students understand about Thomas Edison from pairing the two texts?