by Octavio Paz
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.
The Nature vs. Nurture Debate
- CommonLit Staff
What makes a person who they are? Is it their genes, or because of how they were brought up? If two people are brought up in the same home environment, will they be the same? For years, scientists have been debating the answer to these questions. This article explores the concept of nature vs. nurture and the debate surrounding the two sides.Pair “The Nature vs. Nurture Debate” with “Wind, Water, Stone” and ask students to discuss how interactions in nature compare to the interactions that shape human identity. How do the interactions humans have with their surrounding environment impact who they are? Do you think we have control over how we are impacted by our surroundings? Why or why not?
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
- BirdBrain Science
This informational text discusses the diverse interactions of organisms that can be mutually beneficial.Pair “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” with “Wind, Water, Stone” to provide students with additional examples of interactions in nature. Ask students to discuss how organisms impact nonliving aspects of nature, as well as the other way around. Do you think that all parts of nature interact in some way? Why or why not?
Walking Down Park
- Nikki Giovanni
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Walking Down Park,” the speaker reimagines the modern world as an idyllic wildlife landscape.Pair “Walking Down Park” with “Wind, Water, Stone” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore interactions in nature. How do natural interactions compare to the interactions between nature and the modern world? Do you think that nature impacts civilization as much as civilization impacts nature?