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Studying the past is a great way to make sense of what is happening today. Time Machine articles provide firsthand accounts of events throughout history.

Our collection of paired texts allows students to make connections between current events and those of the past.

To see all of the Time Machine articles, you can visit this page.

Below is a brief description of each item we have put together. To learn more about that activity, click on the title.


In 1908 Orville and Wilbur Wright were testing planes and renewing their pilot skills in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Fast forward to 2016 where flying in an airplane has become a common form of transportation. What’s next? Planes powered by solar energy. This paired text allows students to explore the evolution of our society through inventions in transportation.

Earth and Space

Explore the connection between land and space exploration. Have your students analyze and write about the differences between these two types of exploration.

Rocket Launches

Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957 to the Space X rocket in 2016, we keep pushing the limits of exploration higher. Have your students discuss and write about the challenges of space exploration.

Alaska Purchase

In 2015, President Barack Obama visited Alaska, home to the highest peak on American soil. However, this wouldn't be possible if former President William McKinley didn't approve of the purchase of Alaska from Russia which was considered a controversial purchase at the time. Use this paired text to delve into how past decisions affect our future.

Great Transcontinental Railroad

During the 19th century, the westward expansion of the U.S. prompted faster ways to transport people and goods. Fast forward to today where we are exploring just how fast we can get somewhere with the invention of the bullet train. How has the public reacted to both of these inventions? Have your students compare and contrast the reaction of the country in both time periods.

Women in Office

In 1916 the first women was elected to Congress which led way for other women to run for office. Have students compare and analyze the reaction of the American people.



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