by Eric Niiler
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 Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
- David White
Learn about how two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane in this biographical text.Pair “The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers” with “Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance” and ask students to discuss how important it is to keep trying until you get something right. The Wright brothers continued to experiment until their flying machine was successful. Skiers are constantly altering their ski wax formula to give them the best results. What would have happened if the Wright brothers had given up before they achieved their goal? Do students think that skiers will eventually give up on finding the perfect ski wax formula? Why or why not?
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “I Practiced,” a speaker describes their experiences practicing to get better at a skill.Pair “I Practiced” with “Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance” to provide students with a poem about practice. Ask students to discuss how important they think practice is when it comes to mastering a skill. Do you think that ski wax makes it less important for Olympic ski racers to practice? Why or why not?
- Marty Kaminsky
In the informational text “Simone Biles,” Marty Kaminsky discusses the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and her widespread success.Pair “Simone Biles” with “Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance” to provide students with information about an Olympic gymnast. Ask students to discuss the two sports and the skills required to compete in both sports at an Olympic level. While skiers use ski wax, many gymnasts use chalk. How do you think chalk could help with a gymnast’s performance?