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.
Thousands of Years from Now
- Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish writer whose essay “Thousands of Years from Now” imagines what the future might be like as a result of technology.Pair “Thousands of Years from Now” with “The Phoenix Bird” to provide students with another example of Hans Christian Andersen’s writing. Ask students to discuss the range of Andersen’s writing. How do the two texts explore Andersen’s similar and different views on the world? How does his writing style compare in these two texts as he explores these themes?
- Mark Twain
This short story by American author Mark Twain (1835-1910) is a parody of the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Christian Old Testament. It is a spin-off of his other work "Extracts from Adam's Diary." In this piece Twain gives us the perspective of Eve--contrastingly self-assured and full of childlike wonder.Pair “Eve’s Diary” with “The Phoenix Bird” to provide students with multiple perspectives on Biblical creation stories. Ask students to discuss how these two creation stories compare. What is the purpose of creation stories? How do they help humans make sense of the world?
Shakespeare's Other World
- Kim Zarins
In the informational text “Shakespeare’s Other world,” Kim Zarins discusses the roles of the otherworldly creatures in William Shakespeare’s plays The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Pair “The Phoenix Bird” with “Shakespeare’s Other world” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore mystical creatures. How does the Phoenix influence the humans it comes in contact with in the text “The Phoenix Bird”? How does this compare to the effects of the otherworldly creature in William Shakespeare’s plays? Why do students think these creatures interest writers and readers?
Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire
- Bethany Brookshire
In the informational text, “Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire,” Bethany Brookshire discusses what it would take in order for dragons to breathe fire.Pair “The Phoenix Bird” with “Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire” to provide students with another text about a fantastical creature. How do the powers of a phoenix compare to a dragon? What roles do fire-breathing dragons and phoenixes play in fantasy worlds? How could science explore the possibilities of a phoenix and its powers existing in the real world?
- Robin A. Zimmerman
In the informational text “Jewel Bird,” Robin A. Zimmerman discusses the resplendent quetzal, a bird that had special significance to the Aztec and Maya.Pair “The Phoenix” with “Jewel Bird” and ask students to compare the phoenix with the quetzal. What does each bird represent, and why are the birds important to the people in each text? Would the quetzal still be remembered if it had ended in flames like the Phoenix did?