by Joyce Grant
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.
Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues
- Rob Stein, NPR's Morning Edition
In this article from National Public Radio, a new genetic treatment that removes unwanted DNA from an embryo raises controversy.Pair “Woolly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning” with “Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues” and ask students to discuss the theme of science and ethics.
How Human Should A Gorilla Be?
- Barbara J. King for NPR
The informational text “How Human should a Gorilla Be” discusses Koko, a gorilla who uses American Sign Language to communicate with humans.Pair “Woolly mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning” with “How Human Should a Gorilla Be?” and ask students to discuss how science and ethics can sometimes clash. How does the ethical argument surrounding Koko compare to the ethics of cloning?
Clues to Ancient Life
- Rona Arato
In the informational text “Clues to Ancient Life,” Rona Arato discusses how fossils form and why we study them.Pair “Woolly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning” with “Clues to Ancient Life” and ask students to discuss the different ways that scientists are able to study the past. What can fossils and remains of organisms teach us about the past and other species?
Coming: The Sixth Mass Extinction?
- Alison Pearce Stevens
In the informational text “Coming: The Sixth Mass Extinction?” Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the possibility of a sixth mass extinction and the importance of biodiversity.Pair “Wooly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning” with “Coming: The Sixth Mass Extinction?” and ask students to discuss the potential of bringing back extinct species. How could bringing back extinct species provide scientists with tools to prevent additional mass extinctions? How could learning more about extinct species raise human awareness about mass extinctions?