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.
What Are Clouds?
The informational text “What Are Clouds?” explores how clouds are formed and how they impact weather on Earth.Pair “What Are Clouds?” with “A New Spin on a Space Horse” and ask students to discuss why Ken Croswell compares nebulae to clouds. What are clouds made of? How does this compare to the composition of nebulae? What else do clouds and nebulae have in common?
What Is the International Space Station?
The informational text “What Is the International Space Station?” discusses the large spacecraft that allows humans to live in space and conduct research.Pair “What is the International Space Station?” with “A New Spin on a Space Horse” and ask students to discuss how scientists study space. How does being able to live in space help scientists learn about it? What tools do scientists need to see occurrences like the Horsehead Nebula? Why?
When Stars Explode
- Ken Croswell, Ph.D
In the informational text “When Stars Explode,” Ken Croswell discusses why a star explodes and what happens after.Pair “When Stars Explode” with “A New Spin on Space Horse” to provide students with information about another occurrence in space. How can supernovas result in nebulae? How do both texts help readers understand the importance of supernovas and their resulting nebulae?