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.
The Blind Men and the Elephant
- John Godfrey Saxe
In this famous retelling of an Indian parable dealing with perception and the subjective nature of truth, six blind men approach an elephant and come away with very different perspectives.Pair “The Emperor’s New Clothes” with “The Blind Men and the Elephant” as examples of parables, so students may better understand the conventions of this genre. What do each of these stories teach us?
Casey at the Bat
- Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940) was an American writer and poet, best known for this poem. It is considered a classic in sports-related literature and perhaps the most famous baseball poem ever written. In it, an arrogant player steps up to the plate with the weight of the game on his shoulders.Pair “The Emperor’s New Clothes” with “Casey at the Bat” and ask students to discuss how arrogance factors into corruption. Do the main characters in these pieces share any personality traits? Do they like to put on a show?
The House Falls Apart
- BirdBrain History
“The House Fall Apart” is an informational text compares the fall of the Roman Empire to the destruction of a house with neglectful owners.Pair “The House Falls Apart” with “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and ask students to compare the power and demise of the Roman empire to the fall of the emperor.
The Princess and the Pea
- Hans Christian Andersen
In the popular fairytale “The Princess and the Pea,” a royal family uses an odd test to determine if a young woman who claims to be a princess really is one.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?
- Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at a small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.Pair these two texts by the same author together, and have students compare the characterization in the two stories. How are the character traits of Thumbelina and the Emperor developed in similar or different ways? What lesson does Andersen try to convey in each of the two stories?
What My Father Said
- Alan King
In Alan King’s poem “What My Father Said,” a boy wants to play with his friends but his father puts him to work.Pair “The Emperor’s New Clothes” with “What My Father Said” and ask students to compare the themes of the two texts. How is the Emperor negatively affected when he blindly goes along with the weavers’ claims? What might have happened if the speaker in “What My Father Said” had done something similar, and went along with his friends in the poem?
The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler
- Maude Barrows Dutton
In Maude Barrows Dutton’s retelling of the folktale “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler,” a cruel leader decides to rule over his people fairly.Pair “The Emperor’s New Clothes” with “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler” and ask students to compare the two leaders. How is the Emperor punished for having too much pride in himself in “The Emperor’s New Clothes”? How might the King in “The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler” have suffered if he continued to be an unjust leader?