by Lewis Carroll
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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 12” and ask students to discuss how each text portrays children. How do they value imagination?
A Defenseless Creature
- Anton Chekhov
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician, playwright, and prolific author. He is famous for his mastery of crafting short stories. In this story, a woman pleads for aid from a banker on behalf of her sick husband — and won’t take no for an answer.Pair “A Defenseless Creature” with “Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12” and ask students to discuss the humor in each piece. Consider the ridiculous characters: why won’t they listen to reason?
Excerpt from Peter Pan: "When Wendy Grew Up"
- J.M. Barrie
Sir James Mathew Barrie (1860-1937), known as J. M. Barrie, was a Scottish author. In this final chapter of the classic novel Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie's most famous work, Wendy and the boys finally grow up, leaving Peter behind in Neverland.Pair the final chapter of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the final chapter of Peter Pan and ask students to compare how the two novels end. What are the reflections on childhood? On growing up? On imagination?
- Lewis Carroll
“Jabberwocky” is a nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll that chronicles an encounter between a heroic boy and a monster called the Jabberwock.Pair “The Jabberwocky” with “Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12” by Lewis Carroll. Ask students to discuss similarities and differences between the two texts. What connections can you make between the style of his poetry and the style of his prose? How do both texts appeal to the reader’s imagination? Despite how long ago they were written, why do you think that the two texts are still so popular?