by Edgar Allan Poe
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 Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Washington Irving
In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a goofy-looking, superstitious schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane disappears mysteriously after an encounter with the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.Pair “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with “The Masque of the Red Death” and ask students to compare how fear manipulates characters and affects the plot in the two texts. Ask students to consider how wealth motivates the characters in each text. Also ask them whether the two texts fit the criteria of “legend,” a traditional story which is viewed as historical but not authenticated and usually teaches a lesson, or “allegory,” a story that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden lesson.
The Black Death
- Margaret Gushue
In the informational text, “The Black Death,” Margaret Gushue discusses how Europe was changed by widespread plague in the 14th century.Pair “The Masque of the Red Death” with “The Black Death” and ask students to discuss Edgar Allan Poe’s depiction of a disease that tears through a country. Do students think that Edgar Allan Poe’s “Red Death” is related to the Black Death? Why or why not? How do both texts explore how diseases spread and the plight of those who suffer?