by Lewis Carroll
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 Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
- 620-560 B.C.
In “The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion,” a fox chooses to betray his friend, the donkey, to save himself from the lion.Pair “The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion” with “The Crocodile” and ask student to discuss how both texts explore trickery. How does the crocodile deceive fish, and how does this compare to the lion’s deception of the fox? What do students think is a common moral they can take away from the two texts?
The Elephant's Child
- Rudyard Kipling
Written by English author Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), this fable tells the mythical tale of how elephants developed long trunks.Pair “The Elephant’s Child” with “The Crocodile” and ask students to discuss how the crocodiles in each text lure in their prey. How do both texts portray crocodiles? How do students think the two authors would advise readers about interacting with crocodiles?