by Neil Philip
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.
- Howard Pyle
In this humorous old folktale, a man must deal with the desires of three tricky rogues. However, he overcomes their tricks with a plan of his own.Pair "The Anklet" and "Master Jacob" and ask students to compare outcomes for the villains in each story. What led to the demise of the three rogues in "Master Jacob"? What led to the demise of the two older sisters in "The Anklet"? How do these outcomes affect the message of each story?
- Charles Perrault
In Perrault’s take on this classic fairy tale, kindness prevails in the face of cruelty.Pair "Cinderella" and "The Anklet" and ask students to notice the similar plot and message in the two stories. How are the "Cinderella" characters similar in the two stories? How are they different? How does the message of "Cinderella" compare to the message of "The Anklet"?
- The Brothers Grimm
In the Brothers Grimm’s classic tale “Snow White,” a beautiful girl flees to escape a jealous queen.Pair "Snow White" and "The Anklet" and ask students to compare the jealousy that the villains in each story display. How is jealousy important to the characterization of the villain in each story (the queen in "Snow White, the older sisters in "The Anklet")? In each story, how do the victims of jealousy respond to the way they are treated?