by Heather Handley
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 “Why do volcanoes erupt?” to provide students with a poem about nature. Ask students to discuss how the speaker in the poem finds beauty in nature that isn’t obviously there. How do students think the speaker would feel about volcanic eruptions? Do they think the speaker would focus on how eruptions benefit the environment or the destruction they cause?
Plate Tectonics: Moving and Shaking
- National Geographic Society Staff
The informational text “Plate Tectonics: Moving and Shaking” explores what tectonic plates are and their different types of movement across the Earth.Pair “Plate Tectonics: Moving and Shaking” with “Why do volcanoes erupt?” to provide students with a slightly more challenging text about the Earth’s plates. Ask students to discuss what commonly occurs along the boundaries of plates. How do different types of plate movement cause different events to take place at the Earth’s surface?
Tornadoes: Watch Out!
- Michael A. Signal
In the informational text “Tornadoes: Watch Out!” Michael A. Signal discusses the dangers of tornadoes and how people can best protect themselves from them.Pair “Tornadoes: Watch Out!” with “Why do volcanoes erupt?” to provide students with information about another natural disaster. Ask students to discuss what causes tornadoes to develop and volcanoes to erupt. How are both natural occurrences dangerous to people nearby? How do both texts provide information that could help people stay safe during a tornado or volcanic eruption?
Falling through Earth might be a long and fruitless trip
- Emily Conover
In the text “Falling through Earth might be a long and fruitless trip,” Emily Conover discusses the thought experiment in which physicists consider what would happen if you could fall through the center of the Earth.Pair “Why do volcanoes erupt?” with “Falling through Earth might be a long and fruitless trip” to provide students with additional information about what’s inside the Earth. How does what’s inside the Earth sometimes find its way to the surface? Why do physicists need to exclude what’s inside the Earth from their mind game?