by The Brothers Grimm
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.
Little Red Riding Hood
- The Brothers Grimm
In the Grimm brothers’ version of the classic folktale, “Little Red Riding Hood,” a young girl disobeys her mother and strays from the path on her way to her grandmother’s house, resulting in an unfortunate encounter with a wolf.Pair these two folktales by the Brothers Grimm and ask students to compare them in terms of style, themes, and tone. Who were the intended audiences of these two texts? What messages do you think the Brothers Grimm were trying to send? What do these messages reveal about the problems society may have been struggling with at the time?
Jack and the Beanstalk
- Joseph Jacobs
In this well-known fairy tale, a young boy secures a fortune through bold fearlessness and risk-taking.Pair “Jack and the Beanstalk” with “Rumpelstiltskin” and ask students to discuss the lengths the characters are willing to go in order to obtain wealth. How do Jack’s actions compare to the actions of the king? Do you think Jack acted out of greed or necessity?