by Charles Dickens
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 Gift of The Magi
- O. Henry
"The Gift of a Magi" is a classic Christmas story about love, sacrifice, and generosity.Pair “The Gift of the Magi” with “Excerpt from A Christmas Carol: The Second of Three Spirits” and ask students to discuss the messages or morals in each text. What do these texts say about family and giving?
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “I Am Offering This Poem” with “Excerpt from A Christmas Carol: The Second of Three Spirits” and ask students to discuss any similar themes between them. Do people need money to show others they love them?
Excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol': Marley's Ghost
- Charles Dickens
In the first chapter of A Christmas Carol, titled “Marley’s Ghost,” a greedy old miser by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge is visited in the night by an old friend, who warns him to change his ways before it is too late.Pair “Excerpt from A Christmas Carol: Marley’s Ghost” with “Excerpt from A Christmas Carol: The Second of Three Spirits” and ask students to discuss the development of Ebenezer Scrooge. What does each visitor teach him?