by Mark Twain
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Extracts from Adam's Diary
- Mark Twain
In this comical take on the biblical creation story, American author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) writes from the perspective of Adam as he struggles to comprehend the new, perplexing world around him.Pair “Eve’s Diary” with “Extracts from Adam’s Diary” to give student both sides of Twain’s parody of the biblical creation story.
The Phoenix Bird
- Hans Christian Andersen
In the short story, “The Phoenix Bird,” Hans Christian Andersen discusses the origins and influence of the mythical Phoenix.Pair “Eve’s Diary” with “The Phoenix Bird” to provide students with multiple perspectives on Biblical creation stories. Ask students to discuss how these two creation stories compare. What is the purpose of creation stories? How do they help humans make sense of the world?