by Charles Perrault
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.
- Howard Pyle
In this humorous old folktale, a man must deal with the desires of three tricky rogues. However, he overcomes their tricks with a plan of his own.Pair the fairy tale with this folk tale and have students compare and contrast how both Cinderella and Master Jacob deal with their antagonists. Which is more effective? Which story has a better lesson?
- The Brothers Grimm
In the Brothers Grimm’s classic tale “Snow White,” a beautiful girl flees to escape a jealous queen.Pair “Snow White” with “Cinderella,” and ask students to compare the endings of the two stories. How do the two stories differ in what they say regarding how evil-doers should be punished? Should Snow White have forgiven her stepmother like Cinderella forgave her stepsisters? Explain your thinking.
- Neil Philip
In the story, “The Anklet,” a young woman must deal with unkind and spiteful treatment from her two older sisters.Pair "Cinderella" and "The Anklet" and ask students to notice the similar plot and message in the two stories. How are the "Cinderella" characters similar in the two stories? How are they different? How does the message of "Cinderella" compare to the message of "The Anklet"?
Shakespeare's Other World
- Kim Zarins
In the informational text “Shakespeare’s Other world,” Kim Zarins discusses the roles of the otherworldly creatures in William Shakespeare’s plays The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Pair “Cinderella” with “Shakespeare’s Other world” and ask students to discuss how fairies are portrayed in the two texts. Do students think that the fairy in “Cinderella” is more similar to the fairies in the earlier productions of Shakespeare’s plays or the later adaptions of them? What affect does the portrayal of fairies in a story have on the overall story?
- Susan Cooper
In Susan Copper’s short story “Muffin” a young girl living in England during World War II is bullied relentlessly by a classmate.Pair “Cinderella” with “Muffin” to provide students with another story in which a young girl is bullied by those around her. How does Cinderella respond to the torments of her stepsisters? How does this compare to Daisy’s response to her bully? At the end, who helps Cinderella and Daisy overcome the problems caused by their bullies?