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.
Excerpt from Oliver Twist
- Charles Dickens
In this excerpt from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Oliver asks his master at the workhouse for more food.Pair “Excerpt from Oliver Twist” with “Excerpt from Bleak House” to provide students with another sample of Charles Dickens’ writing. Ask students to discuss the different themes explored in each excerpt. Which characters stand out in each excerpt? Why? How do they grab the reader’s attention?
Excerpt from The Tempest
- William Shakespeare
In this excerpt from The Tempest, a sorcerer named Prospero threatens Caliban, an inhabitant of the island he is stranded on, to do his bidding.Pair “Excerpt from The Tempest” with “Excerpt from Bleak House” and ask students to discuss how the characters in each text go about getting what they want. What is the relationship like between the characters in “Excerpt from The Tempest” when the passage begins? How does this compare to the characters in “Excerpt from Bleak House”? Who has a better approach, Mr. Skimpole or Prospero? Why?