by Hans Christian Andersen
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.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet and educator, known particularly for his lyric poems. In this poem, he compares death to a mother leading her child to bed.Pair “The Little Match Girl” with “Nature.” Ask students to discuss the views on death and consider whether or not Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would agree with Hans Christian Andersen. Ask students to compare and contrast the role of the grandmother and mother in each text. Ask students to describe the tone in each text. To what extent is the tone of each text similar, specifically toward the mother and grandmother?
I Am Offering This Poem
- Jimmy Santiago Baca
In this poem by American poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the speaker offers the only thing they have: this poem and their love.Pair “The Little Match Girl” with “I Am Offering This Poem.” Ask students to discuss the role of love as presented in each text. How does each text represent the idea of love? Would Hans Christian Andersen and Jimmy Santiago Baca agree with each other about love? Why or why not?