by Camryn Diagonale
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.
- Mary Oliver
In Mary Oliver’s poem “This World,” a speaker describes the natural world that surrounds them.Pair “This World” with “Twice I Walked with Dinosaurs” and ask students to discuss how both poems explore the natural world. How are the speakers in the two poems impacted by the natural world around them? How do the words that the speakers use in the two poems contribute to the tone?
What Do Zoos Do
- Amy Miller
In the informational text “What Do Zoos Do,” Amy Miller discusses how zoos in the United States are contributing the preservation of animal species.Pair “What Do Zoos Do” with “Twice I Walked with Dinosaurs” to provide students with information about one of the ways humans learn about animals. How do zoos help people understand the value of animals? What are some of the downsides to zoos? How do students think the speaker in the poem would feel about attending a zoo?