by Howard Pyle
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.
How Boots Befooled the King
- Howard Pyle
In this folktale, a wise king offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to whomever can make a fool out of him.Pair “The Water of Life” with “How Boots Befooled the King” and ask students to compare the style, tone, and themes in each. What similarities and differences can they identify? Ask students to make a list of characteristics that make up Pyle’s style. Students should support each characteristic with evidence from each text.
Theseus and the Minotaur
In this myth from Ancient Greece, a brave Athenian prince sets out to Crete to take a stand against the monster who has been terrorizing his people for years.Pair “The Water of Life” with “Theseus and the Minotaur” and ask students to compare how the characters of both stories are corrupted by power. What do these stories teach us about power and those who abuse it? What leads to success in each story? Is this similar or different? Why? Students should use evidence from both texts to support their answers.
The Little Red Hen
- Florence White Williams
In the classic folktale “The Little Red Hen,” Mrs. Hen works hard despite those around her and is rewarded for her effort in the end.Pair “The Water of Life” with “The Little Red Hen” and ask students to compare the experiences of characters in each story. What led to the success of the servant and the Little Red Hen in each text? What led to the downfall of the others? Could the outcomes have been different in either story if the characters’ had changed their actions? Why or why not? Students should support each characteristic with evidence from each text.