by Ken Croswell, Ph.D
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 "Voyage to Pluto" and ask students if the experiences described by the planet in the poem is similar or different to how Pluto's world is described in the text. What might Pluto ponder about? How does the poem reflect some of the findings of the New Horizons spacecraft?
What Is Earth?
The informational text “What Is Earth?” explores what our planet is made out of and how it moves in the solar system.Pair "What is Earth?" with "Voyage to Pluto" to provide students with information about how our own planet fits into our solar system. Ask students to compare and contrast Earth and Pluto. How do the differences between Earth and Pluto make one inhabitable and the other uninhabitable? What would have to change about Pluto to make it inhabitable? Why?