by The Brothers Grimm
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.
The Fisherman and His Wife
- The Brothers Grimm
Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), also known as the Brothers Grimm, were German academics and authors who specialized in the collection and publication of folklore. In this story, a fisherman catches a magical fish who grants wishes—perhaps too many.Pair “Snow White” with “The Fisherman and His Wife,” both written by the Brothers Grimm, and ask students to discuss the themes presented in each story. What are the morals in “Snow White” and “The Fisherman and His Wife”? How are the characters of the evil stepmother and the fisherman’s wife similar and different; in particular, what motivates them?
- Charles Perrault
In Perrault’s take on this classic fairy tale, kindness prevails in the face of cruelty.Pair “Snow White” with “Cinderella,” and ask students to compare the endings of the two stories. How do the two stories differ in what they say regarding how evil-doers should be punished? Should Snow White have forgiven her stepmother like Cinderella forgave her stepsisters? Explain your thinking.
Tuesday of the Other June
- Norma Fox Mazer
In Norma Fox Mazer’s short story “Tuesday of the Other June,” a young girl is bullied by another girl with the same name.Pair “Snow White” with “Tuesday of the Other June” and ask students to discuss why people do bad things. Why does the queen target Snow White? How does this compare to why students think the Other June is cruel to June?