by Heather Bode
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.
At Your Fingertips
- Ruth Tenzer Feldman
In the informational text “At Your Fingertips,” Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service’s information about weather within the United States.Pair “At Your Fingertips” with “Eyes in the Sky” and ask students to discuss how humans attempt to understand and control nature. How does the National Weather Service help protect people from natural disasters? How does this compare to the role that fire watchers play in protecting people from fires? How could the National Weather Service impact a fire watcher’s job?
The Mysterious Dark Day
- Lois Minder Huey
In the informational test “The Mysterious Dark Day,” Lois Miner Huey describes why the northeastern American colonies went dark on May 19, 1780.Pair “The Mysterious Dark Day” with “Eyes in the Sky” and ask students to discuss how a fire watcher could have prevented the confusion and fear that took place on May 19, 1780. Why were people unaware that a forest fire was taking place in Canada? How do students think that fire watchers have been able to communicate about fires more effectively?