by Barbara Radner
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 Ant and the Dove
- 620-560 BCE
In this short fable, an ant and a dove protect each other from danger.Pair “The Elves and the Shoemaker” with “The Ant and the Dove” and ask students to compare the primary relationships depicted in the two texts. How is the assistance the elves offer the shoemaker similar to the way in which the ant helps the dove?
- Jessica McBirney
This easy-to-read article explains the economic system of capitalism along with some of its potential upsides and drawbacks, as well as alternative economic systems.Pair “The Elves and the Shoemaker” with “Capitalism” and ask students to think about the former text through the lens of the latter. Do you think the fable has a clear pro-capitalist or anti-capitalist message?
The Prophet Khizir
- Elizabeth Laird
In “The Prophet Khizir,” Elizabeth Laird retells an Iranian short story about a poor man’s decision to deceive a king in order to feed his family.Pair “The Elves and the Shoemaker” with “The Prophet Khizir” to provide students with another tale about a man who struggles with poverty. Ask students to discuss what characters are responsible for the poor men’s change of luck and fortune. How do the themes of these two tales compare? Compare what motivates the poor man and the shoemaker. In what ways are their actions rewarded?