by Lewis Carroll
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.
- Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1939) was an English short story writer, poet, and novelist — as well as a contemporary of Robert Louis Stevenson. He is best known for his novel The Jungle Book. Kipling wrote in Victorian England, and “If” (published in 1910) represents some of the ideal qualities of a “proper Englishman” during that time. Utilizing a paternal tone, the narrator sets out a list of rules by which his son should live.Pair “The Jabberwocky” with “If” by Rudyard Kipling and ask students to discuss what each father expects of his son. What does it mean to be courageous in each text? How can parent-child relationships influence a person?
Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12
- Lewis Carroll
In this excerpt — the final chapter of English author Lewis Carroll's novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Alice has been called up as a witness in the trial of the Knave of Hearts, who has been accused of stealing the Queen’s tarts.Pair “The Jabberwocky” with “Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12” by Lewis Carroll. Ask students to discuss similarities and differences between the two texts. What connections can you make between the style of his poetry and the style of his prose? How do both texts appeal to the reader’s imagination? Despite how long ago they were written, why do you think that the two texts are still so popular?
Jack and the Beanstalk
- Joseph Jacobs
In this well-known fairy tale, a young boy secures a fortune through bold fearlessness and risk-taking.Pair “The Jabberwocky” with “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Joseph Jacobs. How is the boy’s mission to fight the Jabberwock different from Peter’s wish to secure more money? What imaginary elements do these texts have in common, and how do these elements impact the action and message of each text?