by Lewis Carrol
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.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Shel Silverstein
Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (1930-1999) was an American poet, cartoonist, and author of children’s books. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” is one of Silverstein's most famous poems, in which the sidewalk represents the path from childhood to adulthood.Pair “Where the Sidewalk Ends” with “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the advantages and disadvantages of youth. How does a person’s young age offer them a unique perspective of the world? How is this reflected in each text? Ask students to discuss whether or not they think this is a good thing.
Down the Rabbit Hole
- Lewis Carroll
In the opening chapter from Carroll's classic novel, Alice follows the frantic White Rabbit down into a fantasy world.Pair “Down the Rabbit Hole” with “The Walrus and the Carpenter” to provide students with another example of Carroll’s writing. Ask students to compare the theme in each text. How does Carroll explore the theme of childhood in his writings? How are the actions of the Oysters and Alice influenced by their young ages?
- Shel Silverstein
In Shel Silverstein’s poem “Growing Down,” a speaker encourages a grown up in their town to try “growing down.”Pair “Growing Down” with “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and ask students to discuss how childhood is explored in the two poems. How does the author’s depiction of youth in “Growing Down” compare to how the young Oysters are portrayed in “The Walrus and the Carpenter”? What morals are the two poems attempting to teach readers?