by Lewis Carroll
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.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Shel Silverstein
Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (1930-1999) was an American poet, cartoonist, and author of children’s books. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” is one of Silverstein's most famous poems, in which the sidewalk represents the path from childhood to adulthood.Pair “Where the Sidewalk Ends” with “Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 1” and ask students to discuss how each text portrays children. How do they value imagination?
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
- L. Frank Baum
In L. Frank Baum’s “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman,” Dorothy and the Scarecrow help the Tin Woodman.Pair “Down the Rabbit Hole” with “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” and ask students to compare these two fantasy worlds. Ask students to discuss what about these two stories make them works fantasy. How do the worlds described in the two stories compare to our world?
The Walrus and the Carpenter
- Lewis Carrol
In Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” a walrus and a carpenter convince a group of young oysters to follow them.Pair “Down the Rabbit Hole” with “The Walrus and the Carpenter” to provide students with another example of Carroll’s writing. Ask students to compare the theme in each text. How does Carroll explore the theme of childhood in his writings? How are the actions of the Oysters and Alice influenced by their young ages?