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.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
- Josh Bean
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn’t be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “The Princess and the Pea” with “Should Girls be Allowed to Play High School Football?” and ask students to compare the way in which each text asks how we should define the roles of men and women in society. How does the text on football question the ideas about gender in the fairytale?
The Emperor's New Clothes
- Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author best known for his collection of fairy tales, such as “The Little Mermaid.” In “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” two conmen manage to convince the emperor to wear clothing that is invisible to the foolish or stupid. Embarrassed to admit he cannot see the clothes, the emperor strips, puts them on, and walks naked through the streets.Pair “The Princess and the Pea” with “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and ask students to compare the themes and messages of the two pieces by the same author. How do discuss social status and vanity affecting people’s lives? Which fairytale do you think is more effective at getting its message across? Why?
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
- Rosi Hollinbeck
In the informational text “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine,” Rosi Hollinbeck discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s duties as a princess and trained mechanic in her youth.Pair “The Princess and the Pea” with “A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine” and ask students to discuss how princesses are portrayed in the two texts. What duties is Elizabeth expected to complete as a princess? How does this compare to what is expected of a princess in “The Princess and the Pea”?